Cosmic Space in Native Textile Art
Margaret Nazon is a member of the First Nations community of Gwich’in, located on the banks of the Mackenzie River in Canada. At age 10, she started beading decorative flowers on moccasins and clothing. Half a century later, inspired by photographs of deep space taken by the Hubble, she uses the same techniques to create dazzling works depicting the cosmos.
“My favorite colors are yellow and blue. Yellow represents happiness; blue represents beauty and we certainly could all use some happiness and beauty in our daily life,” says the artist in a statement about her work.
Matching the beauty of our cosmic neighborhood with the integrity of ancient practice creates a new symphony of art inspired by our growing understanding of the universe.
Our connection with the cosmos deepens with each new discovery of the space beyond our limited scope — inspiring new steps forward in ancient practices.