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Kee Yazzie of Navajo descent lives near Ganado, Arizona amidst spectacular deep canyons that contain thousands of ancient petroglyphs on their walls. Kee has translated these ancient petroglyphs into contemporary bracelets. His overlay work in sterling silver and gold recreates the stone-pecked pictures--transforming rock art to wearable art. With hundreds of small, precise cuts of a jewelry saw, his miniature reproductions of the petroglyphs give the illusion of a mosaic of metal. Kee’s background in architectural design has undoubtedly enhanced his natural gift for balance. He also mentions the creative influence of artists Ray Scott, Gibson Nez, and Norbert Peshlakai. Kee is now recognized as one of the most accomplished overlay craftsmen, incorporating up to one hundred symbols within one piece creating a seemingly never-ending mural.
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