JULIA ROSE SUTHERLAND

Pain and Release
︎Video Still and Live Performance
︎2019

Gesipatl Iga’latl” (Pain and Release). A performance and video piecewhich 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.