Kayla Guyett Jicarilla, Apache, MMIW Face Paint
EXHIBITION:June: Tradition Keepers
The prominent bright red hand print that covers a mouth is a symbol to bring awareness of violence and silence against missing and murdered Indigenious women. The issues of systematic violence against women is not without hope. We all play a role in enlightening and supporting Indigenious communities.
This painting captures Guyett’s raw beauty and confidence, with her chin slightly raised, wearing a cedar headband and large abalone earrings. In this painting Pettibon balances attention to details with a feathered softness. Kayla Guyett is a culture keeper who shares her knowledge among the youth and lends a hand to serve her community. As a Jicarilla Apache descendant living in the Coast Salish territory, Guyett’s ability to strengthen her cultural ties go beyond borders. Her work contributes to the maternal influence and knowledge that heals sickness throughout.