Artist Statement

Feathered bustle with small video screen in the middle and a long beaded train

My visual art practice draws its inspiration from historical Anishinaabeg arts of the Great Lakes region that incorporate floral and geometric beadwork motifs. The introduction and integration of antiquated capacitors, resistors, light-emitting diodes and circuit boards in my work represent the bi-product and refuse of contemporary technological colonization in the digital age. I am referencing Anishinaabeg beadwork as a metaphor for cultural continuity, bridging the past with the present and the future, and as a demonstrable act of nationhood, resistance and modernity. My contemporary practice intentionally, yet respectfully, transcends and moves forward Anishinaabeg cultural boundaries as a confluence between the historical and contemporary.