David A. Naranjo
Kha’Po Ohwingeh | Ohkay Owhingeh | K’uutiime

For Pueblo people, art and tradition are very much one in the same. Our symbols and iconography are not only for ornate and decorative purposes but are visual representations the natural world, landscape, and, if used properly, for prayer. There is an undeniable truth to our craft and traditional and cultural knowledge that is deeply rooted and embedded within Pueblaon art forms.

My artistic inspiration comes from the beauty I experience within my community of Kha’Po Ohwingeh. My work integrates modern art forms and concepts paired with traditional Puebloan aesthetics to create contemporary Puebloan art. I want to depict, reimagine, and re-contextualize such designs and iconography while being respectful and keeping the integrity of the designs intact. Puebloan Pottery designs and geometrical linear work serve a specific purpose and retain meaning within a cultural context inclusive of the natural world, water/precipitation, and our emotional experiences. While others may see a series of lines and shapes, as Pueblo people we see a story, a prayer. Currently, I am creating work for Farahnheight Gallery and Khohay Apparel, creating my own personal narrative utilizing and depicting Puebloan symbols and imagery.

I find our way of life to be a form of poetry and seek to show understating and respect while making art as a form of prayer. In my work, I try to apply that same level of intimacy, understanding, and respect in order to create the beauty that radiates from my community of Santa Clara Pueblo. I am using and incorporating traditional forms and techniques and various forms of technology as a way to create, adapt, and preserve our cultural traditions. My work reflects and serves as an example of the ever-changing synthesis of modern culture and indigenous Puebloan traditions.