Guest House Residency: Whess Harman
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.
During their residency, Whess will be continuing work on their Potlatch Punk series; a series of thrifted and gifted jackets which they embellish with traditional materials and beaded patches. This series has been on-going for the last five years, with few completed; the jackets are composed slowly as the artist’s experiences inform them and direct the course of their making.
Between the jackets, they will also be working on various drawing projects, preparing sketches and inking pages for an upcoming comic anthology centred around mental health and assembling adjacent zine projects.