My art is an invitation 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 28 years in the field of social work. That is work of reconnecting our humanity on every level. The unfolding of my art 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. 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 now to the truth of its foundation and identity, but also healing for our relationships on the land that we share.
My most recent series, This Land We Share, has explored this theme specifically in a collaboration with photographer and naturalist, Rick O'Neil, and Shishahl artist and cultural leader, Candace Campo. Moving from Rick's direct experiences on the land with the grizzlies, to the images caught in his lens... through the motions of the paint brush that mixed with my own spirit... to Candace's teaching and knowing of the spirit world from the aboriginal way of seeing. Our show invited the possibility of taking our perspectives farther along a journey of transformation. An entry in to 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 opportunity to both the heart and voice 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, giving us courage to show up and connect heart to heart, and reach out all the way to the politics of our land.
Celebrating with you,