Zoom Artist Talk with Derayna DeClay: March 10, 2021 • 1 - 2 PM (MST)
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About the Artist:
Derayna DeClay, White Mountain Apache, was born on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona. Raised in a traditional family, she is part of the Eagle Clan. Her artwork takes a critical view of what she sees on her reservation: the need for Apache female empowerment, environmental issues, Apache traditional culture, representation of Apache woman. In May 2019 she graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and plans to revitalize her community through education, training, and art. DeClay is a “Jack-of-All-Trades” who doesn’t limit herself to one medium. Acrylic, markers, spray paint, screen printing, pencil, or chalk can all be found in her work. She is influenced by graffiti and illustration, as well as expressionism and color; DeClay’s technique is always changing. As a muralist, she hopes to break from the gallery setting to a now interactive, engaging public forum. Believing creative expression can change painful experiences into strength, the artist has found healing, growth and personal transformation through creating art.