JULIA ROSE SUTHERLAND



Photo credit: Megan Conley

juliarosesutherland.com@gmail.com
@Julia.rose.sutherland (Instagram)

Bio:

I am a Canada-born artist of Mi'Kmaq Indigenous and settler descent. My interdisciplinary practice employs photography, sculpture, textiles, and performance. I earned my MFA at the SUNY University at Buffalo(2019) and  BFA in Craft and New Media at the Alberta College of Art and Design(2013). I currently resides in Mohkinstsis (Calgary, Alberta) on Treaty 7 territory.

Statement: 

My Indigenous roots as a Mi'kmaq woman of the Metepenagiag Nation of Canada inform my work’s navigation of trauma and social issues associated with systems of commodification, representation, and identity politics surrounding Indigenous Peoples of North America. Recently, my work has focused on Indigenous loss and absence mediated by adapted Non-Western artmaking techniques. By using Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation traditional materials and practices, my work concerns the treatment, representation, and voices of these marginalized communities. My pratice investigates how colonialism, postcolonial trauma and economics have had an everlasting effect on Mi'kmaq spiritual wellbeing, mental health, and health inflictions such as diabetes and heart disease.