shá bik’ehgo (in the path of the sun)
landscapes by dillen peace
February 3 - 25, 2023
The Front Gallery
First Friday, February 3rd | 5-8pm
Saturday, February 4th | 2-3pm
I make work to serve as extensions, physical artifacts, and manifestations of my daily life and perspective. As a physical extension of the landscape, I paint the land and sky as the literal and metaphorical foundations of life itself. Rooted in values established within Diné emergence stories, I refer to place and our stories to set the stage for a continual narrative wherein the original notions of balance and harmony are restored to the land. Guided by the foundational Diné matrix, I visualize a future wherein our original teachings and practices set the ultimate precedent for continual life. With the creation of these paintings, I manifest the beauty, balance, and harmony known in Diné as Hózhó back into our homelands, our bodies, and into our collective future.
Dillen Peace (Diné) was raised near the landmark Tsé Bitsii’ (Rock Has Hair) on the west side of Tsé Nitsaa Deez’áhí (Rock Point) in the Navajo Nation. Dillen is Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan), his father is of anglo descent, and his maternal grandfather is Kin Łichíí’nii (Red House Clan). Dillen received his B.A. in Studio Art and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College in 2019 and will receive his MFA in Visual Art from the University of Kansas in 2023.