Monty Little

  • Navajo (Dine)
  • Paintings / Drawings / Graphics / Photography

Monty Little is Navajo from Tuba City, Arizona. He is an oil painter and printmaker specializing in the planographic technique. His work reconceptualizes various Edward S. Curtis photographs by renovating indigenous portraits with irregularity in portraiture. I believe Curtis’s nostalgic images present an illusion where instead historical impacts of modernity, assimilation, and complex-identity should distort his perceptions. I imagine Curtis’s characters to be victims of oblivion, captured for centuries as romanticized figures and are historically absent afterward. Moreover, the mainstream comprehension of Indigenous people return to Curtis’s photos but what is missing are the sincere portrayals of Indigenous peoples concerning split identities of traditional and contemporary lifestyles.

Sample of Work

Survivance 02

Survivance 02

30 x 22 inches

Paintings / Drawings / Graphics / Photography

Flora 11

Flora 11

24 x 24 inches

Paintings / Drawings / Graphics / Photography

Contingency Combs Memory VI

Contingency Combs Memory VI

17 x 17 inches

Paintings / Drawings / Graphics / Photography