In 2013, The Edmonton Folk Festival invited me to do an art installation based on the stories of the Edmonton River Valley which the Festival rests on. I did workshops with the Elders, Youth and Grassroots people and asked them to tell me their stories of the city. The materials were not meant to withstand the elements and bleed or disintergrate in water. I then hung them from ribbons on potted plants which were generously supplied by Cheyanne Tree Farm. The trees were all indigenous to the area.
There were many visual reminders of the territory, the land and the people. Linus Woods and myself painted on-site throughout the event.
A Place to Hang Your Stories
A public announcement for paper bricks was made, that would be visual representations of stories from Indian Residential School or how it affected them or their descendants. These were collaged onto the canvas walls of a gazebo to create a one room school house. Each brick represented a story that for some were the first steps towards healing. The bricks were treated in a way that honours each story and participant. They were all smudged and wrapped in prints while they were being compiled. When they were being installed they were smudged again and not allowed to touch the floor.
At the viewing, people were asked to hold a stone in their left hand and leave it with use when they left. These stones will be laid into the walking paths of the Healing Garden at Blue Quills First Nation College. It is a symbolic representation of placing the hurts under our feet.
In 2013, I was asked to come up with a youth project that would also help young people come to a greater understanding of their Treaties and the importance of them.
This project was done during the Treaty Gathering 1- 11 in Onion Lake, SK. Treaty 6 Territory.
Community Art Projects
This is an overview of some of the art projects that Dawn Marie has undertaken and exhibited
PARK(ing) Day, September 18, 2015 (12 - 6 pm)
I was approached to participate quite a few months before the event itself so I told the organizer, Chelsea Boos, I wanted to do an installation to bring awareness to Murdered and Missing Indigenous women. This piece has 1186 individual butterflies loosely pasted onto the background which was a recylcled drop cloth.
This installation was designed to not be permanent and will never be seen in this configuration again. I did not speak to local organizers. This was an independent endeavor just to bring awareness...but it did become a community endeavor. Somehow they always do.