My art is an invitation to all to participate in the conversation of reconciliation. A conversation that brings opportunity to consider our relationship with ourselves, with the land and the history of colonization. I grew up in the North and have worked for 26 years in the field of social work. That is work of reconnecting our humanity on every level. The unfolding of the pieces and series became understandings that occurred over years for me. They are described in sequence on my page called "The Conversation".
We are in a time of exponential change in 2015. I believe the First Nations are the teachers of this time. The traditions and spirit of our ways have been lost to the crowded mind and affluence of the modern world. In the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission there is healing and strength being offered to us all. Healing for not only ourselves as a nation that can begin to align itself now to the truth of its foundation and identity, but also healing for our relationship with the land that we share.
I began to explore this theme this summer in a collaboration with photographer and naturalist, Rick O'Neil, and Shishahl artist, Candace Campo. Moving between the photo to the painting to the spirit world of the aboriginal way of seeing. Thinking about the transformation of our understanding. The interpretations and different points of view. This is the conversation of This Land We Share. The talking circle that closed our show at the end of the Art Crawl gave invitation to the heart and voice of all of us to participate and move forward to recreate who we are as a nation.
What is it that we care about? That brings us into a circle with an open heart, a curious mind and our creative flow? How do we own and participate in the reconciliation and re-creation of a world we all can share and care for together? I am grateful for the powerful shifts underway that are starting with the personal and reaching the politics of our land.
Celebrating with you,
See Shannon's work in
Artists of BC, 4th Edition
Collection of BC Artists, coffee table book
Can be purchased in the Landing Gallery Artist Coop (open 7days)