About Tsu Heidei Shugaxtutaan

Artist statement

I work with concepts, the medium follows.  In the business of this “Indian Art World” I have become impatient with the institutional prescription and its monolithic attempt to define culture as it unfolds.  Native American Art will not be commonly defined as our work moves freely through time.  The viewer, collector, or curators’ definition often conveys more about themselves than that of the “Native Artist”.  In the past I have struggled with this title, though I now embrace my position as a contemporary indigenous artist with belief that some forms of resistance often carry equal amounts of persistence.  My current collection of work presents visual experiences in hope of inspiring creative dialogue with the viewer.  I work with an intention to contribute towards contemporary cultural development.  Through education and creative risk taking I hope to progress cultural awareness.