Artist Statement

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My mixed media paintings and assemblage, and textile works explore various aspects of my Anishinaabe (Odawa) culture, drawing its primary inspiration from sourced historical images, personal photographs, found objects and material culture research. An integral aspect of my work is an intentional disruption via the use of various mixed media treatments: a single gestural brush stroke; a graphite narrative; a porcupine quill, a bird feather; a beadwork motif; or electronic components and found ephemera, to create a deliberate tension. My work is often multi-layered with meaning and references couched in a subtle and ethereal visual landscape for personal reflection and contemplation.