Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Mikayla Patton (b. Pine Ridge Reservation) is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation and mixed media artist. Through the interplay of recycled paper-making and earth elements, Patton creates sculptural objects that explore Indigenous intimacies, personal narratives, and the transformative power of repurposing materials. While utilizing her Lakota knowledge of creative methodologies and adornment, Patton aims to address shared themes of healing, growth, and renewal. In 2019, Patton obtained a BFA with a focus in Printmaking from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work exhibited at the Texas Tech School of Art (Lubbock); All My Relations Gallery (Minneapolis); and the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Patton has been mentioned in Hand Papermaking Magazine, First American Art, and Pasatiempo. She received fellowships, awards and residencies through the Roswell A-I-R Program; Ucross Foundation; The Studios at Mass MoCA; First Peoples Fund; and Native Arts and Culture Foundation. Patton is currently living and working on the east coast.
Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2023
By embracing the delicate balance between vulnerability and renewal, I am interested in exploring Indigenous intimacies, personal narratives, and the transformative power of repurposing materials. Through the interplay of recycled paper-making and earth elements, I create sculptural objects that utilize my Lakota knowledge of being, adornment, and artistic methodologies.”