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Helen Greyeyes

Born:
1938

Died:
Tall Mountain, Arizona 1996

Active in:

  • Tall Mountain, Arizona

Biography

Helen Greyeyes traveled a precipitous road from her red-rock canyon home to the Shonto Trading Post in Arizona to sell rugs she skillfully wove on her hand-made loom. For twenty years she wove traditional geometric designs from homespun hand-dyed wool, until a voice from within told her to break with tradition and weave pictures in wool. These are as different from her traditional rugs as from the customary pictorials of Navajo landscapes or trees of life. In some of her later work she used commercial yarn for pictorial designs, such as this Mountain Lion [SAAM, 1997.124.187] , even as she continued to create traditional designs.

Lynda Hartigan Contemporary Folk Art: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (exhibition text, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1999)