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Part traditional Islamic designs and calligraphy, and part modern Middle Eastern inspired mixed media prints, my art, homewares and calligraphy reflect remnants of collected and inspired beauty and images found along travels and throughout each day.

Abiqutie pays homage to a few things through its name.

It is the name of my home village, Abiquiu, a little village nestled in the Chama River valley of Northern New Mexico. It’s translated into English from the Navajo Tewa Haʼagizh, which although the real meaning has unfortunately been lost over time, as a child was taught to me as meaning ‘sweetwater’—a profound and weighty title given to it by its indigenous inhabitants in the middle of the high mountain desert.

Secondly, although this village is most often known as the place that famous American artist Georgia O’Keefe lived…

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  • Joined January 20, 2012

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Part traditional Islamic designs and calligraphy, and part modern Middle Eastern inspired mixed media prints, my art, homewares and calligraphy reflect remnants of collected and inspired beauty and images found along travels and throughout each day.

Abiqutie pays homage to a few things through its name.

It is the name of my home village, Abiquiu, a little village nestled in the Chama River valley of Northern New Mexico. It’s translated into English from the Navajo Tewa Haʼagizh, which although the real meaning has unfortunately been lost over time, as a child was taught to me as meaning ‘sweetwater’—a profound and weighty title given to it by its indigenous inhabitants in the middle of the high mountain desert.

Secondly, although this village is most often known as the place that famous American artist Georgia O’Keefe lived and created her stunning works, what is lesser known is that this village was the birthplace of one of the largest intentionally created Muslim community in the 1980’s in the United States, Dar al Islam. The name pays homage to my memories of a community of Muslims who have come together to be a part of one anothers lives in a joyous and peaceful way.

And lastly there is the femininization of the word I adopted and fashioned it to represent, to me, a feminine and Islamic reminiscent name for my inspired art.

Abiqutie reminds me that regardless of where these pieces travel, they are a part of a beautiful place called Abiquiu, sweetwater of the Indigenous, adopted home of the Muslims, beauty inspired in both its surroundings and to all who own a small piece of it…

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