Yá’át’ééh, Shí éí Rye Purvis yinishyé. Dzi ł t ł'ahnii nishłį́. Bilagáana bashishchiin. Ahéhee’.
I was raised in New Mexico and moved to San Francisco in 2007 to attend the San Francisco Art Institute. I graduated with a BFA in Painting in 2011 and have continued to live, work, and create art in the Bay Area. I use painting, drawing, printmaking, video and installation in my art practice.
I started my website/brand The Navajo Tourist in Fall 2019. The Navajo Tourist project pairs my art, photography and interests with writing in order to bring awareness to Native American representation, resources and art & culture.
I hope to use this platform to elevate art, resources, and opportunities for BIPOC and Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA communities.
The name “The Navajo Tourist” came out of a question I had living in the Bay Area “Where are all the Native American tourists?” in part an ironic statement, and in part a social commentary. The project is also a dedication to my Mom who inspired me through style, humor, strength and resilience.
(Photo credit to my friend EJ)
Feel free to contact me via email.