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rhiannon skye tafoya

skye tafoya is an indigenous artist from the eastern band cherokee and santa clara pueblo tribes. her tribal heritage and lineage are significant components continuously present within her artwork. skye comes from a lineage of basket-weavers, both paternal and maternal, and also used to make red willow baskets with her dad. skye continues to use paper-weaving processes to honor her loved ones and ancestors. her meticulously crafted designs, patterns, prints, and weavings are influenced by basketry and contains themes of cultural teachings, cherokee language preservation, motherhood and personal & family narratives. skye creates with the intention of archiving, preserving and sharing stories, language, culture, and experiences.

skye has worked in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms ranging in sizes from hand-held to life-size. the methods of her art practice include serigraph (screen-printing), relief and letterpress printmaking, digital design, paper-weaving, and book-making.

skye published her first artist book, ul’nigid’, in the spring of 2020 and has exhibited work nationally and internationally in russia. her work is also housed in many special collections including the u.s. library of congress, kohler art library, and the bainbridge museum of art. she received her b.f.a. from the institute of american indian arts in santa fe, nm and her m.f.a. from the pacific northwest college of art in portland, or.