I am an Indigenous artist (Upper Mohawk) from Port Dover, Ontario. My works deal with examination of dark realities that are rarely spoken. Memories and thoughts are never clear and my pantings reflect the layers that hide or protect our past; the things we cherish and the things we love to forget. Quite often in life, things that are out of our control have such impact on our lives, not physically really, but emotionally; things that we will carry with us forever. The good and the bad both weigh us down and fill us up, to the point that there is no room left. Then one day, something happens that forces you to shift things, reposition and prioritize the weight to a more manageable point for the time being.
I paint on mahogany plywood and use a mixed media approach. Resist techniques are used with the paint application. Gouging and scratching is done with various hand tools, shovels, and hoes which are used to scrape to expose the earlier layers to create a sense of time. Images are applied to the work by using a self developed printing technique and manipulating the cut after various applications.
The creation of a piece is a very physical activity. I get lost in the painting and struggle between layers, caught in a dilemma of exposure and protection. It's an exhausting process and yet I find it so satisfying.
Song: Fiddler's Green
Lyrics: "September seventeen For a girl I know it's Mother's Day Her son has gone alee And that's where he will stay"