I am a Montreal-based visual artist who creates original works on paper. My art is rooted in my Métis heritage and rural Saskatchewan childhood. My First Nations ancestors were women who formed unions with French coureurs de bois working in the fur trade. My French ancestors were two of the first 300 colonists to arrive in Hochelaga (now Montréal). Growing up Métis on the prairies, I was acutely aware that I did not fit into either white or indigenous culture.
As a child, trekking across the prairie with my naturalist mother, I became fascinated with the order, beauty and life-cycles of the natural world. This fascination grew into a passion for healing with herbs, harvesting wild plants for food and cultivating large-scale gardens. This passion propelled me to become a plant scientist. Inspired by the repeat patterns in the natural world, I set up a studio and began using patterns to create a plant-based alphabet and visual language built on historically important plants. I use the language, and a self-made low-toxicity toolkit of art-making techniques, to create process-based works that tell our ancestral story and honour plants as the basis of life on earth.
My work has been shown in both Canada and the USA. In 2017 – funded by Montréal, Arts Interculturel - I began a mentorship with France Trépanier, artist and curator of Kanien'kéha:ka and French ancestry. Also in 2017, Felicia Gay curated a solo show of my work at Wanuskewin Heritage Park near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Finally, I was awarded a $20,000 grant by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal under the 2016-2017 Montreal – Support for Aboriginal Professional Artists and Writers programme.
Collectors in Montréal, Toronto, Saskatoon, Calgary and Strasbourg (France) own my work.
A special thanks to the generous sponsors who support my work: