An exhibition of four emerging Yukon First Nations artists, each finding unique ways of expressing their culture, pushing personal and aesthetic boundaries, and navigating a self determined sustainable art practices.

Yukon Arts Centre Community Gallery
December 6 - January 4


Kaylyn Baker - @nanamomma

Kaylyn Baker is a proud Northern Tutchone and Tlingit woman
from the Yukon. She is of the Raven Clan, and a citizen of Selkirk First
Nation. She has spent much time living in the Yukon as well as Alaska. As an
avid beader she uses various textiles to create her own designs, translating
her work into cuffs, mukluks, moccasins,
capes and purses, among many other things. At a young age, Kaylyn developed an
interest in visual arts including painting, pottery and photography. Her
mother, Charlene Baker, was a student at Emily Carr University of Art and
Design and University of Alaska Southeast where Kaylyn joined her mom in the
classes and fully took part! These formative years exposed her to a variety of
visual art mediums. Although her love of beadwork endures.

Statement:

My traditional Tlingit name means, “Always digging around
looking for something” which is funny because that’s what I do every day.
Digging around for materials & ideas looking for ways to bring my artwork to
life. I’ve been surrounded by art ever since I was young. I watched my mom
sculpt an exact replica of her face and it blew my mind. She was always
creating things and now I feel like I know where she was coming from. I’m
constantly excited to try new things, especially now that I’ve realized that
it’s not impossible to create the things I see in my mind. As I’m creating I
imagine how I can transfer moments of beauty to the piece in front of me, so
specific moments of my life and the story I imagined exist forever in each
piece and I think that’s pretty cool.

Tamika Knutson - @boreal.jewellery

Tamika Knutson is a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in artist from Dawson
City, Yukon who attended Yukon SOVA, and transferred to complete her degree at
NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in April 2017. She has since worked at
her local arts organization, exhibited her art around the territory as well as
participated in markets and festivals. After spending a summer working as a
full-time artist she recently started working as an Arts Advisor at the Yukon
Government and continues to pursue her art practice in her spare time. Her
current work continues to explore traditional First Nations craft and
materials.

Statement:

I’ve always felt the need to make and I have
learned that art is the language that let me to express ideas or messages in a
way that I might not be able to with words. Art has allowed me to access
knowledges and histories through materials, techniques and images. I continue
to create because I feel I have more to learn about art and myself and more to
contribute to visual conversation.

Cole Pauls - @tundrawizard

Cole Pauls is a Tahltan comic artist, illustrator and
printmaker hailing from Haines Junction (Yukon Territory) with a BFA in
Illustration from Emily Carr University. Residing in Vancouver, Pauls focuses
on his two comic series, the first being Pizza Punks: a self contained comic
strip about punks eating pizza, the other is called Dakwäkãda Warriors, which
is about two Southern Tutchone Earth Protectors saving the earth from evil
pioneers and cyborg sasquatches using language revitalization.

Statement:

At a very young age, I knew I wanted to be an artist.
Illustrating something gave me power that I could create and tell my own
stories, so it was a natural progression to create my own comics. I wanted to
create stories that would inspire future generations to create their own
narrative and express themselves. When I was a child, Chris Caldwell’s
“Alsek ABC’s” childrens book influenced me heavily to make my own
story located in Haines Junction. I was so impressed there was a book based in
my hometown and told a story about living there. I wanted my book to have the
same effect on future generations as the Alsek ABC’s book did on me. So I took
it on myself to create Dakwäkãda Warriors. I know I am the next generation that
will have to continue our language, our culture and who we are, so why not
create a book that shares our story. Yukon First Nations culture deserves to be
preserved and its necessary to be practiced if we want it to live onto future
generations.

Lorraine Wolfe

Lorraine is Inland Tlingit of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. Her clan is
Dakhl’awèdí [Killer Whale]. Her Tlingit name is Yeikunasheen. Lorraine’s Maternal Grandmother was Tagish and Maternal Grandfather was Tlingit from Juneau, Alaska. Her father is of German/English descent. Her childhood was spent at Fransic Lake,YT where her family made a point of instilling the importance of hard work, being self-sufficient and living off the land hunting, fishing & trapping. Lorraine has lived most of her life in the small Tlingit community of Teslin, YT and raised her children in the traditional culture ways. Although she is new to carving, art has always been a part of her upbringing. As a young girl her mother taught her how to bead & sew traditional garments, later on assisting in sewing traditional regalia created by her brother. Lorraine’s journey to becoming a carver began in the fall of 2015, when she attended the Freda Deising Northwest Coast Fine Arts Program in Terrace BC, receiving a diploma in the spring 2017. She was taught by Master Carvers Stan Bevan and Ken McNeil. Also having the privilege of being mentored by Grand Master Dempsey Bob, who was also her eldest brother Master Carver Keith Wolfe-Smarch’s teacher in the early 80’s. Lorraine’s goal is to work towards being in a place where she can carve full time. Her brother’s commitment and passion gives her the strength to continue on this journey.

STATEMENT

I have always had a strong interest in traditional Tlingit art, since it is a refection of both my culture and identity. I carve in honour of our ancestors before us and all that they had endured, for us to be where we stand today. My strength come’s from the strong women through the generations; my grandmother Mary Smarch [nee Atlin]; my mother Sarah Wolfe [nee Smarch] my sister Diane Wolfe and my daughter Jewel Davies. We as First Nations people, through our art, our song’s and our history, will stand and be a proud people once again…. we will leave our mark.