June 16, 2024


You are Your Only Limit

Artwork meets science at Kluane Park residency in the vicinity of Haines Junction

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Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand is a contemporary beadwork artist. She’s completing a residency at the Kluane Research Station this month. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand is a present-day beadwork artist. She’s completing a residency at the Kluane Investigate Station this month. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)
Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand makes earrings, jewellery and more from natural materials. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand helps make earrings, jewelry and additional from natural resources. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)
Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand is a citizen of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand is a citizen of the Kwanlin Dün To start with Nation. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)
During her residency, Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand says she’s been inspired by the mountain views and the presence of water in the Kluane region. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)In the course of her residency, Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand claims she’s been influenced by the mountain sights and the presence of h2o in the Kluane region. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)

Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand suggests she packed for the Kluane artist residency the identical way Scooby Doo’s Daphne packs for ghost hunts — with towering stacks of luggage. The distinction is Aatagwéix’i’s baggage are entire of beads relatively than heels and purple miniskirts.

“I brought a absurd total of artwork to work on although I was in this article,” suggests Aatagwéix’i about the telephone from Haines Junction. “[The residency programmers] have been like, ‘Don’t come to feel force to make a particular matter,’ so I was like, ‘Ok, perfectly, I much better carry 15 unique things to perform on, and I’ll figure out what I want to make from there’.”

So she tossed all the things she could feel of into her truck when she still left Whitehorse for the Kluane National Park Artist in Home Program this month.

The program is a partnership between the Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) and the Arctic Institute of North America’s Kluane Lake Investigate Station. It will allow artists to expend two weeks at the analysis station, found on Kluane Lake (also recognized as Lhù’ààn Mânʼ).

Aatagwéix’i, a citizen of the Kwanlin Dün 1st Country, is just one of four artists chosen for 2023 and 2024, along with Christine Koch, Misha Donohoe and Bettina Matzkuhn.

“Aatagwéix’i had an outstanding application,” states Mary Bradshaw, director of visible arts at YAC. “It was considerate and thrilling how she delivers jointly common knowledge with her artwork and connection to the land — in particular hunting at medicines uncovered in Kluane.”

Bradshaw states the application also brought up Aatagwéix’i’s intent to speak to scientists about people plants to help guide her target.

That arts and science collaboration is a major section of the residency. Not only do artists have physical obtain to Kluane National Park and Reserve, they also have entry to the researchers who stop by the station from all-around the planet to review the area’s glaciology, biology, botany, hydrology, climatology, anthropology and much more.

This thirty day period, Aatagwéix’i says a group of researchers is finding out vegetation in coastal northern spots. She appreciates the chance to have that scientific point of view on the pure landscape. Though she’s retaining her mind open to alternatives that may crop up though attending the residency, she came to the station with a person concept in head.

“I certainly was wondering I needed to do a substantial medication bag of some type mainly because it definitely ties into arts and science from a cultural perspective,” she says. “But perhaps the style and design I decide on will be distinctive than what I was in the beginning wondering.”

She wants to perform the mountains, water or the Kluane Glacier into her design and style, though she’s not quite guaranteed how just still.

Of all her mediums (Aatagwéix’i also does Ravenstail weaving, formline and carving), she likes beading ideal for the reason that of the independence it will allow to experiment with concepts like the medication bag.

“I’m certainly a contemporary visual artist,” she states. “I like to mix standard types and methods with fashionable twists.”

With beadwork, she suggests she can bead a Barbie logo if she would like to. She could not do that with more standard types like weaving.

“I consider it’s critical that you move those [traditions] down. But I like possessing the overall flexibility as a up to date beadwork artist, becoming in a position to have pleasurable and showcase who I am as a To start with Nations person in today’s culture when also reflecting again on my cultural roots.”

Aatagwéix’i states a spotlight of the residency will be the a few workshops she’s presenting. In addition to a medication bag workshop and a beaded cuff workshop, she’s most excited about a pattern-building workshop for First Nations citizens.

The objective is to guidebook individuals by way of building beadwork designs for their individual families that can be utilized to adorn vests and other parts.

Some people have styles that have been handed down via generations, she states, but other people have nothing at all.

“I know, acquiring experienced spouse and children users go to residential educational institutions, and all of household schools and colonization, a large amount of families misplaced all those patterns, or they had been taken from them, or they just don’t have those competencies,” suggests Aatagwéix’i. “Being ready to give that back again, I feel, will be definitely good and quite empowering for participants.”

The drugs bag workshop is fall-in when supplies past. It normally takes spot at Mät’àtäna Män (also recognised as Kathleen Lake) on July 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The beaded mountain cuff workshop will be held Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It usually takes area at Thechàl Dhâl’ Customer Centre. Individuals can sign-up for one particular of 13 restricted places by calling 867-634-5235.

Contact Amy Kenny at [email protected]

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