In November of this past year (2016) I had the opportunity to attend the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity's Indigenous Visual & Digital Arts Residency with some wonderful and extremely talented artists. I am grateful to have met those people, and to experience such a sense of community within the Indigenous arts sphere. I look forward to seeing them again! I am also grateful to the Banff Centre, firstly for accepting me into the program, and secondly for providing such a great environment within which artists can focus on their work with few limits and few distractions. Well, there were many distractions, but less of the daily grind and more of the scenic location variety.
I used the large studio I was given in Glyde Hall to create new work on a scale I don't normally have the luxury to play with. Using previous work in ribbon & paint on board as a starting point, I made a painting roughly 9' x 8' in 16 panels that addresses (I hope) the tensions between Indigenous sovereignty, territory, and industry in northern Canada. The scale of this project was almost daunting, especially given the short time period, but I called it finished (ish) in time for the Open Studios near the end of the last week. Here are a couple of peeks at the finished piece: