Naranjo-Morse comes from an extensive family of potters and visual artists. Her work emphasizes pueblo peoples’ intimate connection to the land and to the clay used in creating hand-built vessels and traditional homes. In this piece she draws inspiration from pueblo pottery forms and designs, in particular the carved vessels made by her father and generations of Santa Clara potters. The work’s title refers to the many centuries of stories and histories embodied in the pottery shards still found frequently on the grounds of the pueblo.
A member of a large family of celebrated artists, Nora Naranjo-Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo, b. 1953) is a sculptor, writer, and producer of films that examine social change within Pueblo culture and comment on the lives of contemporary Native women. She is best known for her work in clay, a medium that holds special significance in Santa Clara Pueblo art. Her installation Always Becoming is on view outside the Mall museum’s south entrance.
She has received an Eiteljorg Fellowship, and her work has been included in exhibitions at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Heard Museum, Wheelwright Museum, and the White House.
Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection