Hands of Enchantment | Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird - Page 7



An exciting facet of Hands of Enchantment, this collection of work
by Gail Bird and Yazzie Johnson offers an unconventional look at
contemporary Southwest art.
Gail Bird and Yazzie Johnson are among the finest and most innovative
artists working today. Of Pueblo and Navajo origin, respectively, Bird
and Johnson were childhood friends and have been making jewelry
together for over four decades. Their work is a mélange of influences
past and present, the product of an internal genius powerfully shaped
by innumerable visits to prehistoric Southwestern petroglyph and
pictograph sites.
As the late Martha Struever described the work of Bird and Johnson:
“The jewelry they produce is distinct from the work of other American
Indian jewelers. Their pieces are frequently dramatic and always
wearable. By seeking out stones of unusual color and surface pattern
or pearls of various shapes and hues, then juxtaposing them in original
compositions, they have created a unique style. … Gail and Yazzie
have developed a body of work that is both distinctly their own and
continuously evolving.”

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