Pain and Release Video Still and Live Performance 2019
“Gesipatl Iga’latl” (Pain and Release). A performance and video piece which deals directly with the notions of lateral violence and alternative healing praxis done through endurance among Indigenous peoples of North America.
This work is subverting the history of traditional Mi'kmaq craft (with the use of porcupine quills) I embellish and puncture my skin by recreating the gestures of the cross “The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Once the quills are teased out and removed of the skin,
I begin to embroider the 8 pointed star into my white baptismal gown. From that point I begin stand up from my bowing position, and begin to breathe. With that I begin to embrace the landscape which surrounds me.