Using art to blur the line between ‘us’ and ‘them’

“For the two decades that he lived among the Haida, he was absorbing the stories that were part of his own mixed heritage. He began infusing the stories into works of art, and then Yahgulanaas found seemingly incongruent inspiration in the far-away islands of Japan and their Manga style. Revolting against neatly packaged “authentic Indian” art, he took cultural expectations and tossed them aside by mixing art genres and mixing mediums from unexpected components of modern and ancient, Japanese Manga, Chinese brushstrokes, North American Indigenous, serious, and comical influences.”

Louise Loik – National Observer – October 2017


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