Sonya Kelliher-Combs’ exhibit addresses issues close to the artist's heart, in particular suicide in Indigenous communities in the North. Kelliher-Combs aims to connect community, foster dialogue and promote understanding.
Goodbye is a memorial to those whom have lost their lives to suicide. "This personal and deeply wounding experience has affected nearly every person we know. Our family has lost three uncles and three cousins to suicide," says Kelliher-Combs. Suicides among Alaska's First Nations are three times the rate of the U.S. national average. "Healing is a process that takes a lifetime, and sometimes generations."
Kelliher-Combs is an artist of Iñupiaq from the North Slope of Alaska, Athabascan and German and Irish descent. She strives to create work through a contemporary lens that addresses the importance of traditional knowledge and carries cultural traditions and values of her people, including respect for land, animals, sea and fellow humans.
Goodbye, will be on display from May 30 to August 24th.
The opening reception is Thursday, May 30, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 30 - Saturday, August 24
Thursday, May 30 2019
Saturday, August 24 2019