Natani Notah explores contemporary Native American identity through the lens of Diné (Navajo) womanhood. Inspired by acts of decolonization, environmental justice, Indigenous feminism, and futurism, she dares to imagine a world where Native sensibilities are magnified. By way of fragmented abstraction, bodily scale, and the marrying of natural and synthetic materials, Notah provokes conversations about what it means to be colonized in the present-day United States. Drawing upon minimal forms derived from Diné symbolism, her sculptures, performances, and documentation become living bodies of sharp resistance to assimilation.
Notah has exhibited at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, Tucson; Gas Gallery, Los Angeles; The Holland Project, Reno; Mana Contemporary, Chicago and SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco. Notah has received awards from Art Matters, International Sculpture Center, and the San Francisco Foundation. She has been published in Sculpture Magazine and has had artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Grounds for Sculpture, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. Notah holds a BFA with a minor in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies from Cornell University and an MFA from Stanford University.