Dakota Mace extends the vocabulary of traditional weaving to re-interpret the Diné (Navajo) concept of balance within nature. Her art often centers on the symmetry of the four-pointed motif representing Na'ashjéii Asdzáá, or Spiderwoman, who brought weaving to the Diné, as well as the four sacred colors and mountains of Diné culture. While Mace’s work can be appreciated purely for its graphic power and sensitive use of color, it is also a rare and generous offering: a window into the world of the Diné.
Mace is skilled in several media, including photography, weaving, beadwork, and papermaking. She often favors alternative photography processes, translating traditional motifs into the language of contemporary art. No matter what medium she chooses, Mace weaves in her understanding of the symbolic abstractions in the Diné creation story.