Artist Talk with Contemporary Navajo Weaver Venancio Aragon
November 20, 2020
Venancio Aragon, Navajo weaver, talks about his work and time as the 2020 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow at the School for Advanced Research. The talk includes a live studio tour with audience Q&A.
Venancio Aragon’s (Navajo) interest in weaving centers on learning and understanding the structures of lesser known and rarely practiced techniques. While at SAR, Aragon has been researching the IARC’s textile collection to create a series of textiles that will represent several distinct variations of twill structures and uncommon weaving techniques.
Aragon said about his fellowship with SAR, “I look forward to the opportunity to challenge my art and research skills while at SAR and to return to my community with knowledge important to the survival of our cultural arts. I view the IARC fellowship as a means to create a generative project of public service that engages with community–centered needs through art and education.”