MY LIFE IN ART: HOCK E AYE EDGAR HEAP OF BIRDS WITH SHANNA KETCHUM-HEAP OF BIRDS
The artworks of Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds include multi-disciplinary forms of public art messages, large scale drawings, Neuf Series acrylic paintings, prints, works in glass and monumental porcelain enamel on steel outdoor sculpture. He was recently named an USA Ford Fellow in 2012 and Distinguished Alumni, University of Kansas in 2014. His artistic creations and efforts as an advocate for indigenous communities worldwide are focused first upon social justice and then the personal freedom to live within the tribal circle as an expressive individual.
Shanna Ketchum-Heap of Birds is from the Diné/Navajo Nation and a PhD candidate at Middlesex University London. Her research areas include contemporary Native American visual art, theater, and performance studies. Since 2007, Ketchum-Heap of Birds has been an instructor in the Native American Studies Department at the University of Oklahoma in Norman where she is affiliate faculty in the Women and Gender Studies program and the Center for Social Justice.