Watch multidisciplinary visual artist Mona Cliff work with traditional Native American crafting methods such as seed bead embroidery and fabric applique.
Mona Cliff (Aniiih) explores the subject of contemporary Native American identity and culture through her use of traditional Native crafting methods such as seed bead embroidery and fabric applique. Beadwork and sewing applique have been a primary foundation of her artist practice. She is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre tribe (A'aninin/Nakota Nations) she is Frozen Clan (Aniiih) and of the Medicine Bear Clan (Nakota) of Ft. Belknap, MT.
Cliff acquired a B.F.A in Printmaking from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. Honoring native culture, She has continued to work on her art combining contemporary subject matters with indigenous methods of crafting. Her art also focuses on how traditional arts are passed down between generations of women. Cliff pursues the concepts of generational knowledge while exploring other topics such as native futurism and identity.
She works as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion field representative for indigenous communities for the Kansas Creative Arts Industry Commission. She recently concluded a commissioned installation for the Kansas City Museum, where she is incorporating seed beads as a way to work in harmony and honor nature’s forms. Cliff is embarking on a commissioned beaded piece spanning 17 feet for the Kansas City Airport Terminal's 1% for the arts program.
Cliff is married and has 3 children ages 11, 12 & 14. She currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas.
AGE GROUP: | Teens (6th - 12th Grade) | Elementary (K - 5th Grade) | Adults |
EVENT TYPE: | Exhibits |
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