We had the good fortune of connecting with Patrick Dean Hubbell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patrick Dean, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work and Life are interdependent of each other and the natural balance occurs with growth and change. The art process is reflective of life experience and serves as inspiration and motivation to the work created. The “work” or business aspect comes with the responsibility of family and the logistics of the art home studio and time management. When the majority of “work” is done from the home studio, the “life” part of it takes its course and is an integral part of the work created. The life aspect is the foundation for the work to flourish and provides the inspiration and motivation to continue. Over time it has changed with my children being apart of the entire process and giving their special touch of life to my work.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work is an exploration of my Indigenous (Dine’) identity. By drawing on inspiration of Indigenous cultural methodologies, traditional arts, language, stories, and philosophies, I formulate work that represents my existence of identity in the contemporary moment. My work often depicts the organic process of nature, connotations to the figure, and also abstraction and geometric design patterning with cultural significance of symbology. These elements reflect a personal experience of memory, physical, mental, and spiritual instances from life. I am most thankful to be able to maintain a studio practice for the last decade and even more grateful to do so in our recent unprecedented times. Many challenges have had their place on this path, but being able to contribute to visibility of making, holding, and sharing space on behalf of our Indigenous people far exceeds any obstacles.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am currently living in Chicago, Illinois, and before moving here just a little over a year ago, I had never been to Chicago. So my time here has been been quite a mixture of tourist things to do and finding my own little places of interest. I would definitely pick several of the museums here in the area (definitely plenty of them). Not only is getting the famous deep dish pizza a must, but there are so many great places to eat that I’m still finding out about. Of course everything is now in a different scenario with the pandemic, I usually relied on my phone search for places to eat/ things to do and was always down to try something new. I have yet to be disappointed! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Special recognition to our Indigenous elders, traditional and cultural medicine people, and cultural knowledge and language specialists who have an immense impact of strength and resilience for our families and communities on the Navajo (Dine’) Nation and throughout all Indigenous nations.
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