Artist's Statement

In my artistic, activist and scholarly endeavors, I attempt to articulate a contemporary Indigenous presence across disciplines blending traditional Haudenosaunee skills, symbols, forms and language with modern forms of making to reclaim space, to reclaim memory, in the face of settler-colonial occupation and forced forgetting. Remnants represents the telling of tales too often silenced, that of children’s experiences in residential schools and the intergenerational effects into today, through the imagined artifacts of that which was destroyed–clothing children would have worn in their time in places such as the Mush Hole. These settler costumes, these weapons of assimilation that stripped them of their individuality, of their culture, of their nationhood, of their lives were deliberately destroyed as evidence leaving us only to imagine these artifacts, to remember these stories.

 

 

For more info on the artist, click here:  Jodi Lynn Maracle