Albuquerque Journal North: Chaco Canyon inspires ‘Songs for My Muse’


Albuquerque Journal North, May 17, 2020

“Songs for My Muse,” a show of new works on paper by Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa artist Jason Garcia/Okuu Pín, was due to be held at the gallery from March 27 until April 19 before Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued her stay-at-home order on March 23.

“I use the ancestral past to influence my work today,” Garcia said in a statement. “When you visit Chaco, it’s hard to get a sense of the people who lived there. My works based on this experience put the humanity back into what appears to be an empty village.”

Rose of Hecho a Mano said, “I think what makes Jason’s work so compelling is that it challenges this notion that Native culture and Native people exist in the past. It pokes fun at romanticized imagery, while centering tradition as something contemporary.”

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