(Reframing the Sweat Lodge)

Hand Dyed Felt, Foam, Silk, cotton weaving and sound.
*Collaboration Yang Qiuxuan and L Jo Enya

Work displayed at University at Buffalo Art Gallery. The Antipodal show, Buffalo, NY. USA

The piece on display created by L Jo Enya, Yang Qiuxuan and myself (Julia Rose Sutherland)  entitled “Umma, Mama, Mother” is an exploration of the cultural ideologies surrounding labour. Shedding light on the lack of acknowledgement of the value and importance of labour (included but not limited to childbirth, also speaking to the importance labour in terms of handcraft/ woman’s work, emotional labour and making) in society today. To evoke the sensations labour in all its forms: emotional, visual and physical the handmade construction creates an immersive, tactile space for the viewer to experience labour through their senses. This project was created with a drum and heartbeat soundtrack, to emulate Mi'kmaq sweat lodges, which historically has brought together Indigenous peoples, and especially women when dealing with trauma and when they need to connect back to each other and the earth.