As an artist, I work primarily with painting and drawing mediums on paper to depict Indigenous femmes and fauna in dreamlike transitional spaces. Scenarios presented in my work are meant to convey the mysticism and magic in dreams and the waking world. Through my work, I explore the area between the spirit and earthside realms through a queer, Indigenous, femme canon. My primary influences include children’s storybook illustrations and Indigenous and Mexican folk art. The magical illustrated books and folktales surrounding me as a child tethered me to culture and unlocked doors within my imagination, allowing a sense of identity and fervent curiosity. Through my artwork, I aim to evoke that experience of being part of a story and sharing in the magic.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Daisy Trudell-Mills is a queer, Santee Dakota, Mexican/Euro-American artist from Mora, New Mexico. Daisy’s work is an exploration of self through recollection of memory, dreams, cultural identity and examination of the child archetype. Her work has been exhibited throughout New Mexico and in the Pacific Northwest. She was awarded the Lorraine Shula Scholarship in 2017, and was a recipient of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Scholarship in 2019. Recently, Daisy received the SURFACE: Emerging Artist of New Mexico Award. She earned her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from New Mexico Highlands University in 2019.
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