Jordan Craig: Roswell Artist-in-Residence | Your Favorite Color is Yellow
Donald B. Anderson Gallery
Jordan Ann Craig is a Northern Cheyenne artist based in California and New Mexico. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and studied studio art and psychology. Her work includes painting, prints, textile prints and artist books. In 2017, Craig was awarded the H. Allen Brooks Traveling Fellowship in which she travelled around Europe working in communal print shops. In addition, Craig was the 2018 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellow at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. She returned to Santa Fe as an artist-in-residence at the Institute for American Indian Arts in 2019. Currently, Craig is an artist fellow in the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program.
Craig keeps Indigenous textiles, beads, and pottery; Aboriginal Australian paintings; and landscapes in her periphery when she makes art. Her work is the exploration of existence, time and space, woven from cultural memory and epiphany. The process is meticulous and meditative, obsessive in marks and repetition. She often studies Cheyenne beadwork and creates large abstracted pattern paintings inspired by the beaded designs. These patterns share personal stories, and play with perception and color. She tells stories about her childhood, family, trauma, healing, and the appealing mundane. In addition, she covers entire canvases with small dots to depict landscape and memory, a body of work she has been developing over the years. Craig creates new narratives within her work while celebrating her ancestors and Native land. Her abstract paintings and prints expand the definition of Native American art, and carry culture, memory and personality.