A Thompson

A Thompson

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Tony Thompson

Thompson is a Diné (Navajo) artist. Born and raised on the Navajo Reservation the youngest of four siblings, she left the reservation at the age of 17. While living and working in Phoenix for 17 years, Thompson became addicted to methamphetamine and alcohol, flirting with legal consequences. But one day something roused her from her drug-induced haze. “Those were some of the worst years of my life,” Thompson says of the addiction. “But I learned a lot about myself. I think we all go through experiences like that. Now back on the Navajo Nation, she paints out of a residence that she shares with family members in her native Lukachukai. She started painting in 2010, it started as a gift for a friend. Since then A. Thompson has continued to study different styles of abstract art by Picasso, Kandinsky, Banksy, Matisse and Voka. “I didn’t go to school and learn this, “ Thompson says. “This is something that you teach yourself. This comes from the heart and from the standpoint of emotion.”

Navajo Yeli- “Yei” (pronounced “yay”) is the Navajo name for the benevolent supernatural beings who bring their healing power to medicinal ceremonies still performed today. There are a number of different Yeli divinities in the Navajo pantheon.

Every creature, every aspect of nature has its holy people. Sometimes you can see them, if only for an instant. They are represented, some of them, by colors: the blue sky, the evening dusk, the night these are holy people and one prays to them. There are iron people, crystal people, then the other rocks. There are dawn people, twilight people, air, thunder, and cloud people. One does not talk about such things in nature when they and their holy people are present. In paintings and weavings depicting the Yes spirits, male deities are generally pictured with round heads and female deities with square heads. This distinction does not always hold true, though. In some cases, round heads are given to the more dominant spirits, regardless of gender. And there are other clues you can look for to determine whether a spirit is male or female. For instance, crooked lightening  is often seen on the male spirits. Colors can also indicate gender, with black and yellow more associated with male figures and blue and white with females.

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