Óódááł | Everyone Moving Forward
by Marina Eskeets
In winter 2018/2019, gallupARTS collaborated with the Gallup MainStreet Arts & Cultural District to produce an open call for the first in a series of alleyway mural projects. Diné artist Marina Eskeets is currently creating an autobiographical storytelling mural that touches on issues of cultural identity and environmental justice in the alleyway on the Council of Governments' building between 1st and 2nd Streets and Coal and Aztec Avenues in downtown Gallup.
Artist Statement: Óódááł | Everyone Moving Forward is a colorful depiction of two young Diné girls walking behind a flock of sheep. They blow bubbles with their gum and wave their hands in the air to keep the herd moving. They walk past a twisted cedar tree with geometric patterns framing them. In the far background are four wind turbines, mimicking a corn field. Blue gramma grass grows at their feet. The color pallet for this mural accentuates the local landscape and vegetation.