Yes, THAT Gorman!
Gorman's art centers on the continuation of traditions and the discovery of new ideas. Born and raised in the American Southwest, Gorman's art often reflects these surroundings and is blended with techniques and styles from around the world.
I use implied-lines to draw the viewer into my work. My forms are inspired by my roots on the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona. I chose ceramic for my forms because it comes from the earth. It lends itself to expression and once fired, becomes the only permanent man-made material. In beauty it is begun and in beauty it is ended.
In beauty it is begun, in beauty it is ended. We walk in beauty all around us. This is the Navajo philosophy that I grew up with. My photography looks to present beauty in its everyday forms. I use composition and depth of field to allow the viewer to explore the world through my lens. For me, beauty is not one sided. Forms are not one form. The physical as we all the conceptual are defined by contrast, by opposition and by both presence and absence. In my portraits, macro and landscapes, I want the viewers eyes to be brought from one side to the other and from the surface to an immersion within the photo. While one area may be the focal point of the composition, it only stands so within the context of the whole.
My Navajo culture and heritage are important to me. Not only as a source of inspiration for my work, but as an identity and connection the land. Below is how I would introduce myself to you in Navajo.
Dr. Carl N. Gorman
Oct 5, 1907 - Jan 29, 1998
My maternal grandfather, Carl Gorman, following his service in WWII as a Navajo Code Talker, he pursued a life in the arts to become a respected artist, teacher & philosopher.
Michael Gorman comes from the renowned and highly respected Gorman family. His uncle, R.C. Gorman (b. 1931-d. 2005), and grandfather, Dr. Carl N. Gorman, DHL (Kinyananni Beye) (b. 1907-d. 1998) were great influences in his life and art.
His Mother, Zonnie Gorman, is a well respected historian and the leading authority on the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II. She is currently working on her PhD at the University of New Mexico and shares the story of her father and other Code Talkers throughout the United States and Canada.
Yaa'a'teeh shí kei doh shí diné
(Hello, my family and my friends/people)
Shí éí Michael Gorman yinishyé
(My name is Michael Gorman)
(My mother and mothers mother are white)
(I am born for my father who is of the Mexican People)
(My mother's father is of the Blacksheep Clan)
(My father's father is of the Mexican People)
Ákót’éego diné nishłį́
(It is in this way that I am Navajo)
"I was born in New Mexico, in Gallup... but I grew up on the Navajo Reservation a little west of there, in a town called Fort Defiance."