Karma Henry, Visual Artist
I am an enrolled member of the Fort Independence Paiute Community of California.
While pursuing undergraduate work at Cal-State Northridge, I experimented with mark
making related to my Native American ancestry (through geography, geology, history
and how the information is dispersed to the greater public). As I continued onto my
graduate degree at Otis College of Art and Design, my focus on iconic imagery
changed the way I thought about Native Art History. Experimening with many materials
I again circled back to painting.
My heritage, family, and tribal traditions are part of my daily inspirations. I seek
imagery which reflects these connections. Whether it is a petroglyph, an animal
silhouette, or my grandmother and daughter telling stories to each other, the inspiration
can sometimes be a surprise. Often, I am influenced by a diverse variety of elements which
will spark an idea for a piece.
I then will start to play with materials and technologies to see what suits each project I am
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working on. Traditional materials, such as beadwork, now have begun to infiltrate my paintings.
While I learn more traditional techniques I find I am pleased how often they relate to whatever
I am working on.
Karma Henry's website: www.karmahenry.com
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