In 2021 I began to experiment with printmaking techniques, which spoke to my love of working collaboratively and the power of bold, colourful, graphic images. Titled, Métis Prosperity, this 2023 exhibit is a celebration of Métis culture, a reflection of the history that illuminates Métis identity, and an examination of historical and present day violence and intergenerational poverty.
I collected the buffalo skulls from land near my grandparent’s homestead in northern Alberta, which was the starting point for this exhibition. In the order of blue, red, black and yellow, the skulls represent spirit, bloodshed, death and prosperity. The raw linen robes have silkscreened imagery and have been sewn to be suggestive of a historical Métis overcoat. Glass beads highlight some of the images and the linen robes are hung from birch branches with leather strapping.
This exhibit is an offering to the Métis Nation and is the current culmination of my own journey to reclaim Métis identity through ancestry on my maternal line.