Emmi Whitehorse
American, born 1957 [Navajo]



Zanatta Editions and Emmi Whitehorse have a decade-long collaboration in monotype. Combining an initial layer of work in the printshop with a spectacular second stage of additions made in her studio, Whitehorse has mastered this highly-personal medium. Beginning with the 2011 “Pollination” monotypes (with many impressions from that series now found in museums) and continuing to the present, Zanatta Editions is honored to publish and offer these works on paper by the artist.

Born in Crownpoint, New Mexico, Emmi Whitehorse received BA and MA degrees from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. The artist has been a long-term resident of Santa Fe.

Whitehorse moves between delicate and vibrant, with work that reflects Native sensibilities and spirituality, using personal iconography. The artist describes her work as an ongoing exploration of and fascination with nature and the landscape.

Whitehorse has exhibited extensively over the past four decades in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Denver Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, Heard Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, St. Louis Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art and other institutions.

An extensive commentary on Whitehorse’s art can be found in “Off the Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination” (National Museum of the American Indian/Smithsonian Institution, 2007). She has been included in the recent major exhibitions “Stretching the Canvas” at the National Museum of the American Indian (2019) and “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists,” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2019) with additional venues (that exhibition included a stunning blue “Pollination” monotype). An upcoming group exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, “Making/Knowing,” includes one of Whitehorse’s works.

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