Fellowship artist profile: Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq / Athabascan)

by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq / Athabascan)
Installation and mixed media paintings
Anchorage, Alaska

Sonya Kelliher-Combs has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in Asia. The artist explains, “Through mixed media painting and sculpture I offer a chronicle of the ongoing struggle for self-definition and identity in the Alaskan context. Through the combination of shared iconography with intensely personal imagery, I demonstrate the generative power that each vocabulary has over the other. Similarly, my use of synthetic, organic, traditional and modern materials moves beyond oppositions between Western/ Native culture, self/ other and man/ nature. These elements combine to examine their interrelationships and interdependence while also questioning accepted notions of beauty. My process dialogues the relationship of the work to skin, the surface by which an individual is mediated in culture.”
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