2022 Ron and Susan Dubin Fellow
From a young age, Hollis Chitto (he/him/they/them) became enamored with beadwork and embarked on learning the artform. By studying illustrations and through the process of trial and error in his youth, Chitto today has become an accomplished beadwork artist who has been featured in publications like Vogue and InStyle magazines; his work can be seen in cover shoots of prominent leaders like Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.
Chitto’s unique style is the product of early exposure to art ecosystems like SWAIA and having been constantly surrounded by many talented artists, including his father who is a potter and SAR’s 2006 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow. When one looks at Hollis’ work, the influence of traditional Pueblo pottery becomes apparent and yet he challenges viewers with conceptual and abstract elements. For example, the health and well-being of Native communities is one theme that Chitto interrogates as HIV/Aids and queerness are directly inserted into his work.
In Chitto’s words:
Being a two-spirit bead worker, I see myself as the convergence of the two sides of my family. My role as a two spirit is traditionally to bring in spiritual teachings to the physical world; I see the act of bringing beauty into the world as a spiritual act. For me that is my life’s purpose, which is to bring beauty into the world. Whenever I finish a piece, I take time to appreciate the feeling of creating something that has not yet been seen. In my view, the act of creating my artwork is a gift that I do not take for granted.
While at SAR, Hollis will embark on a soft-sculpture doll project that depicts a two-spirit couple in beaded and quilled regalia.
Hollis Chitto will be in residence June 15, 2022 through August 15, 2022.
Hollis Chitto (Mississippi Chocataw/Laguna and Isleta Pueblos), “Bloodwork No.2″, flat bag with beadwork. 16″x7″, 2017. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Hollis Chitto (Mississippi Chocataw/Laguna and Isleta Pueblos), “Chata Anumpa In My Accent”, contemporary bandolier bag with beadwork. 39″x13″3″, 2020. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Hollis Chitto : Artist Talk
August 04, 2022 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm