Edges of the Ephemeral

2012 • Aluminum Signage, Reclaimed Wood, Found Wire and Other Found Objects • Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, NM

edges of the ephemeral detail2Anna Tsouhlarakis, “I am Sleeping Rock Clan and born for the Meadow People,” earned her Master of Fine Arts from Yale University. Her Edges of the Ephemeral is about the mythology of the fifth world and what led up to the creation world. “For this project I will explore Navajo narratives of the future worlds and how we as a people might find harmony. Do the people believe we can find that harmony in this world? Or do we have to travel to the next world? Some say there are two worlds above us and some say this is the final world. Different regions around the reservation sometimes hold different beliefs or variations to a story. At times, stories even vary a bit from family to family.”

Tsouhlarakis will install man-made materials and natural objects which will be intertwined to emphasize the oral versus written dynamics with a few projected video and audio components. “While I have created large-scale installations before and worked with the surrounding Native community, I have never worked directly with my own tribe on a communal project.” The installation will be at Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe from May 18 to September 15, 2012. The museum will host the opening for TIME 2012 and have a storyboard with information on the site-specific installations as well as all concepts translated to the Diné language.

edges of the ephemeral detail

Anna Tsouhlarakis

andrea polli Through a minimalist lens, Anna Tsouhlarakis creates spatial constructions of reality and myth that converge at moments of pause where text and object illustrate predictions of the Navajo future. Her materials suggest a hindered return to the natural while her palette subtly evokes the industrial. Tsouhlarakis studied at Dartmouth College and received her MFA from Yale University. She has upcoming exhibitions at the Thunder Bay Gallery in Ontario and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Her installation will open at Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Anna Tsouhlarakis(Navajo/ Creek/ Greek) was born in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated from high school in Taos, New Mexico. Her family comes from the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and the island of Crete, Greece. In 1999 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in Native American Studies and Studio Art. She then attended Yale University and received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2002. She has been participated in various art residencies including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Yaddo. She has been part of exhibitions at the Wave Hill Gallery in New York, Dreamspace Gallery in London, England, McMaster University Art Museum in Ontario and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. She has upcoming exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe and the Thunder Bay Gallery in Ontario. In 2011, she was a recipient of the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art. Her work consists of various media including sculpture, installation, video and performance art. She is currently living in Washington, DC with her husband, 18-month-old daughter and trusty dog.

Anna Tsouhlarakis' website: www.naveeks.com

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