Naranjo-Morse’s figures represent a nontraditional aesthetic and range from the humorous and human character Pearlene to large abstract installations. In her preface to Mud Woman, Naranjo-Morse discusses the relationship of the poems to the artwork: “Three-dimensional clay Pearlenes were often inspired by poems written months or even years before. In return, poems began to formulate images, complete with personality, physical detail, and motive.” Naranjo-Morse’s poems often portray the challenge of producing art for a Western art market that is concerned with monetary worth and that prizes individuality. She explained of her cultural heritage: “In the Tewa language, there is no word for art. There is, however, the concept of an artful life.”
The recipient of an honorary degree from Skidmore College, Naranjo-Morse has been a keynote speaker for the American Studies Association of Turkey and the Res Artis Foundation in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.