First American Art Magazine No. 13, Winter 2016/17 - Page 20

Exploring Native Graphic Design Damian Jim By Matthew Ryan Smith, PhD A RTIST AND DESIGNER Damian Jim (Diné) is known for his vigorously abstracted digital and mixed media works using Navajo iconography. Jim was born in 1973 in Shiprock, New Mexico, and currently lives and works in Phoenix. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in computer information systems and an associate of arts degree in graphic design. Jim used his interdisciplinary education to compose a breadth of designs incorporating Navajo imagery woven into rugs and baskets by master Diné artists. In 2012, he cofounded Ziindi, a ’zine to highlight early-career Indigenous artists. Jim cofounded 1Spot Gallery in downtown Phoenix, an alternative art space that ran from 2012 to 2016. I spoke with Jim about his art and design practice. Where does your interest in making art begin? Art is integral in my life in terms of free therapy. I’ve always had a natural curiosit 䁅Ёمɥ́ѽ́䁱)Յݡ$eЁ܁܁Ѽ)ͽѡ$ɕѡՉ)ɹ܁Ѽѡхͬ ͔)ѡ̰$܁ɥѡ䁽)ѡͥݽɱѥ݅)$ݽձɸѼѕȸ)Qѡ́䰁'eѥɹ݅)͕ɍȁ܁ɵѥ)܁ѕՕ́ѡЁݥ)аЁѡ݅$͕Ёɽ)ٕȁѡݽɱQѡ́ѡЁ)͔ѡ̰ѡͅѡɕ)ɽѥ́ЁѡЁ܁ٕ)ѼչՔeаԁͥɥѥ́ɽ́ѥ̸Ё́չٕͅ)ɴɕͥЁͥ)ͥɥѥѡȁɵ)ɕѥѡЁ܁ԁѼ͡܁ѡ)ݽɱɕЁ)!܁́ȁɽչɵѥѕ́ɴȁ)ͥɅѥ()܁ɕ丁Uͥѽٕ́)́ѡAȁAѼЁ)Ʌ܁܁́́Ѽɕє)ݽɭ́ѡЁյѡͅչ)ѥͥѥх)I݅ͻeЁեЁݥѡЁѡ)܁ȁѕ̸())ظAѼ5ɕѠ()$݅́݅́ѕɕѕѕ)]$݅́չ$݅ѕѼ)ȸ$݅́݅́ѥɥݥѠ)ѽ́ȁх䁉ЁѼ)Ёѽѡȸ$݅́ѡɔȁѡ)Ё٥̰ѡЁѕ̰)ɍ͕́剽ɐ)͍%Ʌ͍ͥ)$ɹѼєѼݽɬ)ѡ5ѽ͠ѕȸ$݅́Ս$)ɹq܁ɴչѥt)ɱ䁥䁍ɕȸ!Q50ĸ݅)ɕ䁽Ёѡɔ5Aݕ )ݕѼхЁ䁽ݸ͕ٕȁ)ѥݕͥѕ́Ѽո䁽ݸ)ɅͥՑѡͥQ)ѕ䁍ЁЁ$)܁$ѼѼ͍Ѽх)ɵ)5́ȁɕ䁙ɽ)ѡѕȁѡݸݽɱ)ѼѕݽɱѡЁ́)Ѽչєɽ́ѥ)ͥ丁]Ёͼ䁙ɵ́)ѽѡЁЁ͕́)ɔѼ̸%ѕəѕ䁡)ѕͥȁ̸͕͕])ȁ٥܁ѡݽɱѡɽ՝)́Ё͔Ѽѕȁٕȁ)ɕ丁Qѕ́ȁݡ)Ёѡͅѥ́Ѽɕє((]]\%IMQ5I% 9IQ5i%9 =4()5䁝Ʌͥɥɕɕ)ȁѡѡȁɅѥ)聅ٕѥͥ5ɕɭѥ)́ѡȁѕͥѡɅ)ѡ]ЁٔՍ)́٥єѡ͍ݥѡ)٥Յɭ́Ѡѡ)ٕѥ͕ЁѡЁɽչ́́ѡ)ѥ̸5٥́ͥɔݥѠ)ɽՍЁ̰ݡѡ%ѕɹ)͕́Ʌѕ)ɵɭ́ɅȁɅ͕ѥ)хɝЁ́ݥѠ́ɑ)ѡ͔͕ȁѽɥ́ɔ͕Ѽ)́ݕɵɅѥٔЁѽ)ȁѼѡЁЁѽȁѼѡ)ɥаЁєѡɵѥٕɱQѡ͵ѡɥ)ѕЁѡ՝ӊQݔɕє)܁Ʌѥٕ́ѡЁ͡܁ѕɹєɕѥ̸]ɴ́)屔ѡЁɕͥͥѡ)ȁɽѡЁ́хѼ̸)eȁѥ́Ʌє9م)Ʌ丁!܁ԁɽ)ѡ͔ձɅɅݽɭ́ѡɽ՝)ȁݽɬ)QՔɕѥ䁍ձɔ)ѡՅхѕѡɽ́ȁ)$݅́ձչѽ9م)ٕȁѡչѼmչѕtݥѠՕЁ̸Q́)ѱ䁉͔$ٔѡ䰁Ё$)ɕ܁Ё́䁅)ѡɥ٥ѡɅͽ)хѕ՜ݕٕȁ䁑e)ͥ5)́ݕ́Ʌѡ)ݡ݅́䁵e)ͥM ѥ̸ ЁЁ݅ͻeЁչѥ)$хѕݽɭȁQݥI((0