Diyan Achjadi Reaching the City from The Further Adventures of Girl series, 2008 inkjet on paper, 1/3, 76.2 x 114.3 cm Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery, purchased with financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts
Joe’s Bachelor of Fine Arts project from earlier this year, Coyote and the Moon, speculated on oral histories speaking of visits to the moon and the trickster coyote. She describes her work as visual interpretations of First Nations oral storytelling, often speculating on unexplained aspects of the stories and reflecting on the present day conditions of her people.
For this project she is inspired by transformer stories and creation myths referencing hoodoo formations on the outskirts of Merritt on the edge of the Nicola River. From the oral tradition, these formations were once people who had been warned by coyote to wait orders from a transformer being. Growing impatient from the wait, these groups of people defied the orders of the transformer and were turned to stone as punishment. The project’s title “Sx??áy?m” comes from the Thompson language which is translated as “personage of the myth age transformed into natural object or animal.”
This exhibition is part of the KAG’s continued commitment to working with emerging artists from the Thompson Rivers University Bachelor of Fine Arts Program, giving them an opportunity to create new work for a professional exhibition space outside the context of school.
Elsie Joe Coyote and the Moon, 2021 mixed media
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