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Stay Strong. Stand Up. Have a Voice. Make Change Happen.

Stay Strong. Stand Up. Have a Voice. Make Change Happen.

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24" x 12" original acrylic painting on gallery-wrapped 1.5" depth cotton canvas, with hanging hardware installed. Sealed and protected with Liquitex Professional Gloss Varnish.

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"Stay Strong. Stand Up. Have a Voice. Make Change Happen." was created as part of "The Return to Equilibrium" painting series developed for an undergraduate course in preparation for year-end BFA grad show. This piece was reworked each week during the months of October and November in 2019 in response to classmate and instructor feedback.

The Return to Equilibrium explores themes of colonization, loss, and resilience—the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experiences. Each painting is a connection made to the stories and memories of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The progress of each painting expresses the journey from imposed dangerous situations to a place of healing experienced by survivors and their families. The audio that accompanied the piece in the grad exhibition begins instrumentally with ‘Ten Little Indians'—a colonial song which narrates the systematic killing of Indigenous children—and builds up to the empowering Indigenous 'Women's Warrior Song’, only to be repeated yet again. This repetition reflects the ongoing struggles that Indigenous peoples continue to face and overcome in the effort to have their voices heard in search for equilibrium.

#AmINext was a social media campaign to call attention to the high rate of missing and Murdered Indigenous women in Canada. The campaign was most active during the fall of 2014, but remains relevant as Indigenous women and girls continue to go missing and returned murdered.

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