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Shelby Westika

MFA Candidate, Graduate Assistant
Department(s): Art
Mail Code: 5002
Email: westikas@unlv.nevada.edu

Biography

Shelby Westika is a contemporary Zuni artist who works between the mediums of painting, drawing, and sculpture. She earned her BFA degree at Santa Fe University of Art and Design in 2018. By utilizing an ever-growing archive of historical documents and photographs, she creates artworks that evoke viewers' emotions through abstraction and color. She dissects source material to the point where meaning shifts, and interpretation becomes multifaceted. She reflects on the closely related subjects of archive, memory, and imagination.