Artist Statement

Multiple Ways of Expressing Myself
Multiple Ways of Expressing Myself

Art is an extension of who I am as an Anishinaabe Artist, from the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.  As I am a student and practicing artist, the studio becomes a transitional space for me to freely create using mixed media. In my emerging career I was mentored by my studio professors within the Art and Art History joint degree program at University of Toronto Mississauga. My oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, photos, poems and songs are like a conversation with myself. To witness how I am influenced and shaped by my own identity, touching on themes of; the dream realm, powwow dancers, clan systems, natural elements, landscapes, figures, sound and abstract forms. Each artwork becomes my interpretation of the world, influenced by my past and present, showing how reality becomes filtered through my eyes. Setting challenges for myself to always experiment with paints, fabrics, new application techniques, concepts and materials. With the change to experiment I am always encouraged and motivated to see what will happen, I tend to enjoy the step by step process of making art. My aim it to always improve, to explore new territory in art and to always find success in my work. I become embedded within the creation process, I am proud to see where each artwork starts out and where they finish. Particular within my oil paintings, I increase detail through the layers applied. The moments I paint it is to reflect back on those highlighting experiences of my life; of who I am, where I come from, what are my attributes or titles I hold. I position myself to look at other native artist and seeing how they dealt with identity, it seems to me, that as the artist we need to know ourselves and be able to push past our personal comfort levels, to fearlessly make great art. Each artwork becomes an open conversation, as every individual has an opinion and voice; mine is just endlessly spoken through my art.

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