Fall Artist in Residence Mona Cliff
“My practice traverses indigenous knowledge systems," said Cliff. "Generational knowledge connects me to my past and the blend of cultures. I am still figuring it out.”
Cliff said her perspective shifted in the last few years from focusing on mainly political issues to blending the beauty of indigenous women’s work with identity.
You'll have the opportunity to meet her and watch her create art Sat and Sun, Nov 5 and 6, noon - 4pm in the library's Reed Studio as our Artist in Residence.
Intuition and exploration
To this intent, she uses fabrics, applique’, beading, leather and other materials to create assemblages. She has also painted murals.
When I asked Cliff about developing her art skills she said, “I constantly have to be learning a new skill and challenging myself to keep it interesting. I usually have several different projects going at one time.”
Success for Cliff is about more than just portraying hardship or resilience. She creates artworks with “clarity of vision to foster Native visibility and a sense of place for other Natives.”
Education and other work
Cliff recently concluded a commissioned installation for the Kansas City Museum, where she is incorporating seed beads as a way to work in harmony and honor nature’s forms. Cliff is embarking on a commissioned beaded piece spanning 17 feet for the Kansas City Airport Terminal's 1% for the arts program.