Jordan Ann Craig joins Hales
Jordan Ann Craig (b. 1992 San Jose, CA, USA) received her BA in Studio Art and Psychology from Dartmouth College in 2015. She lives and works in Santa Fe County, New Mexico.
Known for her large-scale paintings and prints, Craig's abstract compositions are characterized by a dynamic exploration and interpretation of Northern Cheyenne material culture. Incorporating vivid colors, recurring patterns, and interwoven forms situated in grids, Craig's work explores and celebrates her Native ancestry, posing questions about the languages of modern abstract painting and the relationship to both historic and contemporary Indigenous culture.
Craig's research-based practice begins in museum collections and archives, where she spends time meticulously studying Indigenous material culture. Her pictorial vocabulary is drawn specifically from Cheyenne beadwork, drawings and textiles. Through the process of constructing her compositions, Craig meditates on the personal and collective significance of these designs. By making paintings on canvas, Craig questions how we consider the history, context and influence of these abstract vocabularies.
September 6, 2022