JULIA ROSE SUTHERLAND





“Where Do We Find Loss?” 2017

Text, Lightbox, Performance + Photo


My Mother was afflicted with an illness,  she was a drug addict. Stemming from a complicated childhood, trauma and not receiving the help and support she needed as an Indigenous woman. She had been estranged from my family for many years, seeking treatment, being and being incarcerated in Canadian jail systems. Therefore writing letters became to the main form of communication. This letter series project gained more weight and meaning after September 5th 2013 when, at the age of 40, my mother passed away in a Calgary, Alberta detox centre. This winter I wrote back a letter in the form of a sign, to communicate my personal grief and guilt. Work displayed at THE MILL during Artist residency with Art, Letters and Numbers.  Albany, NY.  USA.