Biography: Born in Crownpoint, New Mexico in 1957, Emmi Whitehorse earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of New Mexico focusing on printmaking and art history. In her work, Whitehorse avoids subject matter that is overtly political or angst-ridden. Instead, she portrays her life and her history through abstraction. Her lines and curves suggest people, plants, and places without becoming referential. She uses color meaningfully; red refers to water since most bodies of water in the Southwest are red due to the color of the earth. Whitehorse brings a lyrical eloquence to her richly colored abstractions, creating a landscape that is both real and imagine, and one that spans the past and the present.
Artist's Statement: “My work is about and has always been about land, about being aware of our surroundings and appreciating the beauty of nature. I am concerned that we are no longer aware of those. The calm and beauty that is in my work I hope serves as a reminder of what is underfoot, of the exchange we make with nature. Light, space and color are the axis around which my work evolves. My work is about and has always been about land, about being aware of our surroundings and appreciating the beauty of nature.”