Julia Rose Sutherland is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the trauma and social issues associated with her aboriginal roots as a Mi'kmaq woman of the Metepenagiag Nation of Canada. She is addressing the systems of commodification, representation, worth, as well as the identity politics surrounding Indigenous Peoples of North America. With this, she fosters a dialogue regarding the treatment, representation, and voice of these marginalized communities. Often the work emphasizes concepts of loss, absence, alongside adapted Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation traditional materials and techniques. Sutherland desires to regain a sense of identity and push to engage a more mindful conversation around topical subjects such as addiction, mental health, feminism, and aboriginal identity politics. In this conversation, I talk with Julia Rose Sutherland about her art that creates spaces for dialogue that addresses issues affecting Indigenous people, women, and communities. We discuss various works of hers that speak to systemic racism and genocide, and we share stories of resilience, courage and beauty from our Indigenous cultures. Julia's authentic voice and artistic gifts are inspiring and create opportunities for members of society to reflect on their attitudes, actions towards and connections with Indigenous people; past, present, and future.
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