Arts from WSANEC: Navigating our art practices through caretaking the land

Arts from WSANEC: Navigating our art practices through caretaking the land
Tuesday, April 16, 2019,
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tuesday, April 16 from 7-9pm we invite you to join us for a talk by Tiffany Joseph and Sarah Jim. The pair will speak to the connections between art and the land in a discussion called Arts from W̱SÁNEĆ: Navigating our art practices through caretaking the land.
Presenter bios
Tiffany Joseph
My name is Tiffany Joseph. My ancestry is of Sḵx̱wu7mesh (Fresh Water people) and W̱SÁNEĆ (Saltwater people, Emerging people) peoples. I am a SENĆOŦEN Language & Culture Revitalization apprentice. I work in the SṈIDȻEȽ Resiliency Project doing land restoration and cultural revitalization work. I grew up learning Sḵx̱wu7mesh (Squamish) language from preschool to grade 10, and also at community language nights around the time of 2010. I’m drawn to work that promotes wellness of our minds, bodies, and the environment in which we live, because the wellbeing of the land and the people is intertwined.
Sarah Jim
Sarah Jim is a 23-year-old emerging artist from Southern Vancouver Island. Her ancestry is mixed but her roots are in Tseycum First Nation on the Saanich Peninsula. Sarah is currently finishing her Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria. While doing so she has been creating art that depicts cosmic animals, surreal landscapes, and local flora. Additionally, she has been creating more traditional Coast Salish art as that is a part of her heritage. The belief that nature is beautiful, necessary, and deserves to be respected is a common theme. These values and beliefs are emulated through depicting natural elements in such a way that obscures mundane perceptions. Psychedelic aspects such as repeating linework, cosmic imagery, and flowing forms add aesthetic and thoughtful interest that portrays the idea that everything is interconnected and could not exist alone. This art tends to subvert the way we look at nature by portraying it in a way that visually heightens the senses and allows us to view nature in a way that reality does not allow. Sarah wants her art to project optimism, altered perception, and gratitude for nature. Her creative goal is to give insight that life and nature is strange, fantastic, and 
This event is being presented in partnership with Open Space's current gallery exhibition, Field Guides for Listeners. The show is a collaboration between sound artist Jenni Schine and visual artist Jay White which examines the relationship between art and science through studying the effects of salmon farming on the Pacific Coast of B.C. It runs from April 12-May 31, 2019, Tues-Sat, 12-5pm. Admission is free / by donation.
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Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. We seek to honour and uphold these ongoing relationships to the land and its stewards as we work on these territories.
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