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Dad

Artist: Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie (American, Tuskegee-Navajo, born 1954)
Date: 2003 (printed 2013)
Medium: platinum lambda print
Dimensions:
Image: 33 15/16 × 23 15/16 in. (86.2 × 60.8 cm)
Support: 33 15/16 × 23 15/16 in. (86.2 × 60.8 cm)
Mat: 40 × 30 in. (101.6 × 76.2 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds from the Clinton King Purchase Award, 2014
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2014.3.1
Description
This portrait of the artist’s father was made using an old photograph of him in military uniform as a starting point. By adding excerpts from his own artwork, she adds the role of artist to his identity of soldier and father. His pictures tell us more, the smoking Hogan a symbol of his Navajo heritage, and the mule rider a reminder of his time at the Fort Apache boarding school. A string of little arrow tips look almost like laurel branches at his feet, echoing his artistic style but also honoring him.
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