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Hecho Gallery

Opening: New Works by Mikayla Patton

An exhibition of works on handmade paper and lithographs by Oglala Lakota artist Mikayla Patton. Image: Mikayla Patto • Untitled • beads on handmade paper • 5.5" x 5.5"

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Opening: New Works by Mikayla Patton

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May 06, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Hecho Gallery, 129 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

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New Works by Mikayla Patton

An exhibition of works on handmade paper and lithographs by Oglala Lakota artist Mikayla Patton Opening May 6, 5-7pm  On view through May 29

For Mikayla Patton (Oglala Lakota) making paper by hand is “transformative and poetic.” “It's become my personal ritual,” Patton says, “breaking down fibrous materials, submerging them into water, sifting the pulp with mesh screens, then pressing it between used bed sheets, then watching it dry.”

Her upcoming show at Hecho Gallery, and the first solo exhibition in the new gallery, will feature three bodies of work.

Patton’s latest creations are on handmade paper, stitched with glass beads and porcupine quills. These will be accompanied by a small installation of boxes, also fashioned from handmade paper, which Patton completed during a year-long residency in Roswell, New Mexico. Lastly, the show will feature lithograph prints from her collaboration with Santa Fe-based Black Rock Press.

Patton's work draws on beading techniques she learned from elders and friends, particularly a Plains bead style called the Lane Stitch: “I stitch tiny glass beads, in long windy rows, onto paper that I produce myself from found fibers,” says Patton. In addition to beading, she has recently introduced quillwork into her practice, which is a technique “only found amongst many Plains tribes in so-called America.”

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