Whess Harman is Carrier Wit’at, and is currently living and working on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh.
Their multidisciplinary practice includes beading, illustration, poetry and curation. As a mixed-race, trans/non-binary artist they work to find their way through anxiety and queer melancholy with humour and carefully mediated cynicism.
Whess Harman is mixed race, trans/non-binary queer/2SQ artist from the Carrier Wit'at Nation and a graduate of the emily carr university’s bachelor of fine arts program. They are currently living and working on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations in the Skwachays Lodge artist residency program. On-going work includes beadwork and DIY strategies around punk aesthetics creating the “Potlatch Punk” series; a collection of modified and embellished jackets that blend traditional materials with punk and DIY approaches to discuss urban Indigenous identity, representations and understandings of wealth. Their text-based projects continually seek to explore the possibilities of reciprocal engagement in the dialogue and aim to subvert and confront the assumptions made in consuming Indigenous voices and work. They write poems and a webcomic series, cryboy, a sci-fi story about queer Indigenous folk in the future answering echoes from the flooded world.