Kee Yazzie lives near Ganado, Arizona amidst spectacular deep canyons that contain thousands of ancient petroglyphs. He uses these ancient symbols as the signature designs on his amazing jewelry. Kee’s resulting style is one of wonderful images created through complex overlay, cutouts, stamping, and appliqué. Inspired by the rock art walls he saw when he was younger, Kee began to depict these petroglyph images on his jewelry – something that distinguishes his pieces from that of other American Indian jewelers. Kee’s petroglyph jewelry is quite unique and very beautiful.
With hundreds of small, precise cuts of a jewelry saw, his miniature reproductions of the petroglyphs give the illusion of a mosaic of metal. Kee creates this style by using an overlay technique that puts one heavy piece of silver with cutouts on another heavy bottom plate of silver. Look closely or you will miss many of the meticulous cutouts in this contemporary, wearable sterling silver art.
Condition: Excellent – original new condition
Provenance: Purchased from the artist.
Recommended Reading: Reassessing Hallmarks of Native Southwest Jewelry by Pat Messier and Kim Messier