JULIA ROSE SUTHERLAND







“Rest in peace, Rodney Levi”  2020

9 X 12 Inches
Gawiei/ Porcupine quillwork (Embroidery) On paper. 


On June 13th 2020, my Cousin Rodney Levi was shot twice in the chest by an RCMP officer during a wellness check in Redbank NB. This quillwork on paper was started in a state of grief, confusion, deep hurt and sadness.


This three part series reads as follows: FUCK THE POLICE, DEFUND THE POLICE  and REFUND THE COMMUNITIES.

The work has been created with use of traditional materials of porcupine quills done as embroidery. It was done so to give tribute, to stay true with my heritage, to do something internal during a moment(s) of pain. Craftwork such as this takes considerable time, which lends itself to meditative thought, space to heal and clarity.

The process of quilling is a radical gesture and it itself an act of decolonization. The work addresses stages of grief felt by those who have lost  loved ones due to police brutality/ senseless violence. These agonistic prompts open up space to question structures of authority within our society.