Summer of Pride
“Summer of Pride” 16x16 Artist statement: My main focus while working on this piece was to celebrate Indigenous and Queer joy, and the summer in the northwest coast. Lower Mainland summers make me think of the ocean, and spending time with my sisters and grandma as a kid. Catching bugs, poking at crabs, colourful sunsets, and when I was really small, seeing if I lucky enough to see a mermaid or orca while I was on the ferry. Knowing the plight of our resident killer whale population, I had to include them in the waters. I also included the trans flag, because that is the experience I have lived. There have been many attempts to silence Indigenous people, and take away our love, joy, and spirit. As each of us reclaims our culture, I hope our ancestors who had theirs stolen can look at us, and be proud of all of our victories.