Eddy Shorty - Navajo
Stone Sculptor - Eddy Shorty grew up in a remote area of Navajoland, west of Chaco Canyon, in New Mexico. Shorty had formal training at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe in the late 1980's. It seemed that he was destined to find sculpture. "I ended up in a sculpture class only when a jewelry class I wanted to take was full, working with stone felt so natural to me. I knew I had found my life's work." When asked how he approaches a new stone Shorty explains, "I usually spend time with a stone and make some sketches of it from different angles. At some point I will see a form in the stone, and then it's simply a process of revealing that form. Animals, or spirit beings, from Navajo mythology are often what appear in the stone."
For over twenty years Eddy Shorty has been showing and winning awards at various competitions: at markets and museums in the southwestern U.S., the S.W.A.I.A. Santa Fe Indian Market, the Wheelwright Museum, the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos, and the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, to name a few.