As you walk through the many museums in Arizona, you learn that the history and cultures of Native American people of the area are inseparable from their expression as artists. From various symbols to geometric designs, there are similarities that inspire you to want to learn more. Many of the designs are symbols that represent ideas and convey emotions and feelings; some are spiritual in nature, while others hold a practical purpose, hold secret messages, or are narrative. Whatever the purpose, the consistent and evolving patterns are clearly significant, and the contemporary works show imaginative skill and excellence in bringing forth new ideas while honoring traditions linked to their heritages.
I found I could say things with color and shapes
that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.
~ Georgia O’Keeffe
The artistic thinking process allows for this sort of imaginative possibility. In all kinds of art, the smallest elements are used to create patterns that build a bigger picture. Artists learn to use patterns as a resource, making connections and building relationships as they put things together, often connecting them in new ways.
Read more from the February 2016 Newsletter: Imaginative Possibility.