Timothy Talawepi Collection
Timothy Talawepi is a Hopi from Hotevilla, Arizona. Timothy is a self-taught carver, but learned a lot from watching his father who is also a carver and also inspired by Hopi artist Brian Honyouti. His ideas come to him when he looks at a piece of wood and marvels what will develop from it. His methods include using a sharpened penknife to carve, and opaque techniques with his oil paints to color his finished art pieces. Movement and subtle actions characterize his work. The carvings he makes are called “Dehu” in Hopi, which means dolls. He pays great attention to detail to his Dehu carvings from their fingertips down to their toes. Tim is passing this tradition down to his son Lance.