Arts Commons Presents
The Ledge Gallery
Dialogue with a Bone Teacup
Location: The Ledge Gallery
Dates: December 9, 2019 - February 29, 2020
Artist Reception: Friday, February 28, 2020, 5:30PM - 8:30PM
The exhibition is a result of continuing my research into Blackfoot story archives such as winter counts and story robes. This investigation in my cultural background is also an exploration discovery of Blackfoot visual language. The exhibit “Dialogue With a Bone Teacup” expands on my installation “Bison Teacup”. The original installation will be set up in the gallery, and the resulting work will have transformed the installation as a result of visual culture research, spatial research, and archival research. This is a dialogue between the world that royalty had created on the backs of Indigenous people, but also the backs of the Bison. The fact that they almost wiped out the bison is terrifying and yet not enough discussion happens around how this has effected Blackfoot people.
Elijah Wells is a Kainai animation artist, visual artist and writer. He has studied at Alberta College of Art and Design as well as Emily Carr University of Art and Design. His founding philosophies in artistic approach are the representation of Blackfoot/Kainai cultural histories of 3rd and 4th gender persons and acknowledging the ether aspects of dance and combining them to create exemplary works of animation art. He is also working on a painting series that re-centres the various trans histories of Kainai people into contemporary visual storytelling.
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