Winners of the ExII Art Scholarship: Kwani Povi Winder
Last year, Exponent started an annual art scholarship for Mormon women of color. The goal of the scholarship continues to be to amplify the voices of LDS women artists of color by lending needed support for them to be able to continue to develop their art.
Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing the work and words of some of the recipients of that scholarship. These extraordinary women have the ability to seismically change the artistic language of the Church: imagine Come Follow Me manuals, Church members’ homes or Church building hallways full of their work. We’re grateful that they shared it with this community and look forward to announcing this year’s scholarship very soon. If you’d like to contribute to the fund for this year’s scholarship, please contact exponentiieditor AT gmail DOT com.
Kwani Povi Winder: “I have always felt a struggle, both in art and in life, to figure out how my Native American Santa Clara Pueblo heritage is a part of me, and how it will influence me. I started down my art path with the intention to only paint landscapes. Not long into my professional career, the pull to represent my native side soon became strong and an internal battle began. There have been times when I have felt that it would be easier to ignore that part of me and not even try to incorporate it into my life or my art. This past year I feel that I have finally started to find my identity as a Native American woman artist. I now know that I would like to use my talents to share, educate and preserve not only my unique heritage, but other people of color.
My four most recent works have focused on Native American women who are strong, powerful and spiritual. The paintings have received awards and even more special to me, I have received thoughtful messages and feedback from people of color that they feel empowered and encouraged to see women of color represented in such a different manner than the typical painting. I want to continue to create works that show a different side to native women. I want to show the person, showcase their unique spirit, and capture that spiritual connection that each woman has with the earth and the world around them.”
Check out http://www.kwaniwinder.com/ to see more of Kwani Povi Winder’s work.