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Karma Henry

Karma Henry is a visual artist based in California. A member of the Fort Independence Community of Paiute Indians, her striking contemporary paintings include more traditional arts and images as well as modern aspects. Paiute lore and family stories are the basis of her work. During her residency, she will be experimenting with creating a new series that combines different elements she has worked with in the past, including stencils, photography, and traditional Native beading. She is particularly excited about the desert skies here, and how those might be integrated into her work. Karma will be in Ajo January 5-19, 2019.

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Te Atiwei Ririnui

Te Atiwei Ririnui is a traditional Maori weaver from Auckland, New Zealand. His passion for weaving stems from a desire to keep the tradition of weaving alive so that the craft is not lost. He has traveled to Arizona once before, for the 10th Annual Native Basketry and Food Festival. During his residency he will be weaving pieces using materials native to New Zealand and creating "Raranga Whakairo", complex Maori weaving patterns. While here, he also hopes to engage with other indigenous artists to better understand why and how their art culture is so important to them. Te Atiwei will be in Ajo January 5-19, 2019.

Click here to see a recent video about Te Atiwei’s work.

FALL 2018

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Sean Paul Gallegos

Sean Paul Gallegos is a visual artist living in Albuquerque, NM who uses discarded consumer goods - in particular, Nike sneakers - to create small, handwoven sculptures and jewelry based on sacred and ancestral objects. Sean Paul worked on a Sonoran Desert-inspired 3-dimensional work during his residency. He was in Ajo September 16-30, 2018.

Sean Paul wrote of his residency experience: “The perks, guest accommodations and studio are amazing but the real silver lining in this opportunity is the willingness of the community to interact and express their generosity…”

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Linley Logan

Linley Logan is a multimedia Seneca artist based in Washington State. While in residence he worked on a large-scale sculpture of a serpent made from recycled plastic jugs, drawing from his native oral tradition and that of other indigenous people, including the Tohono O'odham. Linley was in Ajo September 16-30, 2018.

Linley said of his residency experience: “Being able to work in my studio for on average 14 hours a day with the longest day being 17 ½ hours on my proposed project was dope for me as an artist.”

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Emma Lindsay

Dr. Emma Lindsay came to Ajo all the way from Brisbane, Australia. Primarily a painter, she focuses on endangered and extinct species. While in residence, Emma created work about personal encounters with cactus, plants and animal species that survive in arid desert landscapes. Emma was in Ajo October 2-16, 2018.

Emma wrote of her residency experience: “The work I made was not what I'd planned. However - the work produced was very new and experimental, deeply imbued with encounters experienced directly in Ajo with local people, materials and and the environment.”

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Gregory Spaid

Gregory Spaid is an Ohio-based photographer and art professor at Kenyon College. While in residence, he worked on incorporating Sonoran Desert flora into a series of "environmental portraits" that explore the nature of trees and the influence they have on our lives and on the health of our planet. Greg was in Ajo October 2-16, 2018.

Greg says of his residency experience: “The Sonoran Arts Residency is truly unique, unlike any others I have experienced or heard about…I feel like I left a piece of me in Ajo and am missing the committed people I met in that spirited little town.”