Dyani White Hawk and the Art of Moving Forward

Dyani White Hawk
photo by Nehadness Greene for ELLE

“Dyani, you’re an artist, and one of these years you’re going to believe me.” In a feature in March issue of ELLE magazine, Dyani White Hawk recalls the words of her mother when she was a craft-obsessed child. Now, having exhibited widely, including at the 2022 Whitney Biennial, “White Hawk has very much become the artist her mother foresaw,” writes Adrienne Gaffney.

“Creating has just always been my favorite thing to do,” says the multidisciplinary visual artist. “I remember being young and going to a museum and seeing an abstract painting. I had no idea what it was; I just remember seeing it and craving it, and being like, ‘Whatever that is, I want to do that.’”

The piece is part of “The Art of Moving Forward,” a collaboration between the Whitney Museum of American Art and ELLE’s parent company, Hearst Communications, which is featuring women artists in 12 of its publications in honor of International Women’s Day.

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