“Big Yellow Taxi” or “They Paved Paradise and Put in a Parking Lot” They paved paradise And put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique And a swinging hot spot Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got Till it’s gone They paved paradise And put up […]
Renée Dennison is Dine (Navajo) and was raised on the Navajo Reservation in a small community, Tohatchi, New Mexico. She is born to the Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle people) and for the Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House people). She moved to the East Coast at twenty-four years old and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the University of Maryland and her Master’s degree (MBA) in finance and investments at the George Washington University while working for various Native American organizations in Washington, DC. After ten years of East Coast life she moved to Phoenix, Arizona and continued her work with Tribal governments at the Ak-Chin and the Gila River Indian communities. Five years ago she decided to take a different career path and pursue her creative and artistic aspirations in photography. She is enrolled in the Master’s of Fine Arts program at the ASU Herberger School of Arts Institute to further her creative aspirations in photography. As a visual storyteller I enjoy documenting other Native artists and learning about their influences and artistic process. I have completed several series with other Native artists that examine their creative process and how culture and history influence their work. I am continuing a project with my grandmother that tells her story of family, culture, and tradition. The project “Paved Paradise” has sparked an interest in me to examine the impacts over time to our environment and the ever changing landscape. I intend to continue this particular series and see how this story evolves.