Intangible: Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art

Six contemporary artists make profound statements about Indigenous rights, land, and sovereignty through their work. This exhibition celebrates a distinct yet intangible connection between contemporary practice and the traditional Coast Salish art of the past.

Marvin Oliver (Quinault / Isleta Pueblo) is an innovator in contemporary glass work and embeds symbolic knowledge in glass Spirit Boards.

Tawx’sin Yexwulla/Aaron Nelson-Moody (Squamish) invokes family knowledge of traditional copper use and combines it with contemporary techniques.

lessLIE (Cowichan, Penelakut and Esquimault) focuses on enlarged Salish design elements to magnify issues of identity and colonialism.

Sesemiya/Tracy Williams (Squamish) explores land sovereignty by experimenting with plant, animal, and mineral components and employing them in her cedar weavings.

Ronnie Dean Harris/Ostwelve (Sto:lo / St’at’imc) will use multimedia to explore traditional Salish territory within the urban environment.

Roxanne Charles (Semiahmoo) is a fibre artist, who frequently incorporates live performance to engage the public in contemporary issues.

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