As part of the Indigenous People’s Day Block Party on July 21st 2022, organized by the Kanien’keháka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center, I facilitated a drop in mural for participants of all ages. The theme explored focused on celebrating who we are as Indigenous people. From children, teens to adults and families, dozens of community members contributed a small portion to this four part mural.
Once completed for the day, all four canvases were connected through black lines that I intended to use in weaving the narratives and energy of all the participants. This artwork was later displayed during the Iontkathóhtha’ Art Show in October 2022.
In July 2021, the Kateri Memorial Hospital Center invited me to paint a mural in their Healing Garden Space. Intended for ceremony, healing and growth in our traditional medicine program here in the community, this space would act as a gathering point for staff and clients alike.
Following the natural shapes of the stone surfaces, I painted the turtle’s back as the foundation of all life and around its shell, them moccasins of the people. The people who are now our ancestors, the people of today and the people of the faces yet to come. Along its platelets, I honoured the thirteen moons and all their phases. These images invited in our Grandmother Moon teachings, reminding us that we are all part of the natural transition, growth and change in life.
The intention of this mural is the embody the beauty of change as we heal and grow as people.
I submitted my fist ever Vamps (beaded moccasin tops) to the Walking With Our Sisters Art installation; a commemorative collection of works to missing and murdered indigenous women. This exhibition, set to start October 2013 in Vancouver, will travel all across North America until 2019. Check out the link below for more information on the exhibit.
Graduate art therapy research project entitled: Walking on Two-Row: Assessing Acculturative Identity through Material Interaction, An Indigenous Arts-Based Heuristic Inquiry