A few years ago back in ‘Yalis (Alert Bay), I met two Swiss ladies from Zurich’s North American Native Museum: Denise Danzier and Runa Loeb. Over the years we stayed in touch, and eventually our desire to collaborate resulted in a residency at their partner institution, The Museum Reitberg. It houses a collection of art from global cultures, yet has […]Read more "Switzerland"
This past November 28, 2014, I received a BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art. The event was held at the Sutton Palce hotel on Burrard Street in Vancouver, and the organization was kind enough to fly down my boyfriend as well for the event while also hosting all our other local guests to a […]Read more "The British Columbia Achievement Awards"
A journey to Haida Gwaii is always a good idea…especially when it’s summer, I’m with my partner Alex in his 77 Van Dura, and theres some cat-adventurers on board. A journey to Haida Gwaii is an especially good idea when it’s for the first show on Haida art curated by a Haida person. Nika Collison […]Read more "Came To Tell Something"
True to Northwest Coast potlatch style, on the evening before the show opened I was still busy putting the finishing touches onto a robe that had been on my loom for the better part of two years. The following day, “Sky Blanket: Recent Works by Meghann O’Brien” opened as a small show at The Bill Reid […]Read more "a Celebration"
My time as an artist in residence at the Museum of Anthropology coincides with the exhibit “Kesu’: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer,” which is a celebration of the renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artist who was from my hometown of Alert Bay. As the style of this weaving is a northern style, which came into Kwakwaka’wakw […]Read more "The Museum of Anthropology"
The trip to Greenville, North Carolina was as a representative of the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, British Columbia, which is traditional Kwakwakw’wakw territory. Myself and Trevor Isaac were selected by the organization to provide a series of talks in university and elementary classrooms and to install some of our work. Trevor is an artist and […]Read more "North Carolina"
underEXPOSED is a new series that airs this September on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network in Canada. It is a youth documentary series that brings action sports together with the Aboriginal language, art, and culture specific to the region of each episode. Featuring Cree photographer Mason Mashon and Metis journalist Tannis Baradziej. I was brought […]Read more "underEXPOSED"
I just finished a new basket in January of this year. It isn’t often that I take the time to create a basket, because they seem to take forever, and one needs time and space to enter into a different kind of time and space than our world seems to allow. When I began weaving […]Read more "Bright Star Basket"
Its harder than it sounds to keep track of one’s travel. Despite my best intentions to post frequently, I have fallen behind so there is much to share and reflect on since departing Prince Rupert in September. Simply stated, a lot happened! I have been to a memorial potlatch in Alert Bay for Jimmy Dawson […]Read more "Since September"
“It is a much greater thing to give than it is to receive. You’ll understand what I mean one day.” -Beau Dick It might have been four years ago now since Beau told this to me on his front porch. The art of giving is one that is learned by watching our elders, and from […]Read more "The Art of Giving"