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Meet 1/2 Day Workshop Guest Artist

We work with the local artists to conceptualize these workshops, inspired by one of the Contemporary, Indigenous artists in the Powerful Pictures: Representation and Storytelling (Teacher Resource Guide).

For the fall 2019 season, we are pleased to welcome Jesse Campbell.

“I am an Emerging Visual Artist living on Lekwungen territory. I have been drawing and painting since I was about 4 but I have been painting Murals for about 9 years now. I started my mural journey in 2010 with phase 2 of the Unity Wall project in Ogden Point with Butch Dick and Darlene Gait of the Esquimalt and Songhees nations.

I have had the great fortune to work alongside them and many other incredible artists over the years, many of them coming out of Open Space artist run center. At Open Space I was one of the original members of what was called the Indigenous Youth Arts Showcase, where Indigenous youth worked alongside established Indigenous artists to learn and be mentored.

The principal inspirations behind my work are story, history, and interaction. I love to use public space to examine these. Many of my murals have a historical component woven into them, whether it be personal or place based. Much of my work uses “traditional” motifs to critique the contemporary.

Recently I have decided to practice art full time. I am the only artist in my family left, and I hope to use this responsibility to honor our story and our traditions while still honoring the territory and traditions of the nations of this land. My ancestry is: Metis, Scottish, and Cree on my Mothers side. Scottish, English, and German on my Fathers”. Jesse Campbell