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Sign Language


Through the Emerging Artists Studio Program,
TAP Centre for Creativity presents

Sign Language:
Indigenous resurgence & redirections

by Holly Pichette

May 8 – 26, 2018

Opening Event:
Tuesday May 8, 6 – 8 p.m.

Sign Language is a large scale mixed-media sculptural installation by Holly Pichette, featuring handmade road signs, which have been recreated using traditional Indigenous (Cree) materials to raise consciousness about Indigenous peoples’ presence, land dispossession, and future relationships between Indigenous peoples and settlers in Canada. In this work Holly uses glass cut seed beads, satin and ribbon applique, deer hide, and copper poles to explore the hidden language system of signs, and ask important questions around: What are our relationships to Indigenous peoples and the land?

While you’re visiting Holly’s installation at TAP, make sure to also go through fellow emerging artist Joanna Skiba’s installation, Go Nuts for Donuts.

About Holly Pichette
Holly Pichette is a London-based visual artist whose practice includes painting, contemporary and traditional beadwork, and more recently large scale mixed-media sculptures. Holly is of Mushkego Cree and French Canadian ancestry. Her work is deeply influenced by her Cree identity and culture, and reflects her experiences and perspectives as a First Nation’s woman and mother.

In 2017 she completed the Fine Art Advanced Diploma Program at Fanshawe College and upon graduating was selected to be part of the Satellite Award exhibition. Her artwork was also selected to part of the Woodland Cultural Centre’s Annual Indigenous Art juried exhibition in Brantford, ON in 2017, as well as this year’s upcoming Indigenous Art 2018. Holly has used her studio space at TAP to continue expanding and deepening her road sign art work collection.

About Emerging Artists Studio Program
The Emerging Artists Studio Program is a fully-funded residency at TAP Centre for Creativity (previously known as The ARTS Project) for recent visual arts graduates launching their artistic careers. This program includes one year of 24/7 access to their own private studio space, a materials budget, marketing support and mentorship, as well as a culminating exhibition in our gallery. Emerging artists can explore their art without the fear of financial failure.