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Focus Gallery

Tamika Knutson
SKIN

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Join us on Friday August 3rd for the opening of Tamika Knutson's exhibition, "SKIN" at Arts Underground (lower level of the Hougen Centre).

A chairlift is available for those who require mobility assistance. 

Exhibition on view: Friday August 3rd - Saturday August 25th


ARTIST STATEMENT

Your skin protects and houses the most vital parts of your body, it is your shelter and home. I am inspired by how birch bark, the skin of a tree, is used as a material by First Nations and how crucial it has been to their livelihood. My aim with these jewellery pieces is to explore and retrace my indigenous identity as a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen while also bringing First Nation craft into a more contemporary space.

Through resourcefulness, First Nations transform ordinary things into useful materials, functional objects, and beautiful ornaments. I identify with this evolution of materials as a jeweller, as we also take rough materials and transform them into something precious. The use of birch bark in my work symbolizes an historical exchange between nature and people, and the subjectivity of preciousness.

ARTIST BIO

Tamika Knutson is Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in from Dawson City, Yukon Territory. After completing the foundation year program at Yukon School of Visual Arts in 2013, Tamika transferred to Nova Scotia College of Art and Design to further explore a variety of mediums and subjects in visual arts. Tamika earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in jewellery design and metalsmithing in April 2017. Her current body of work is influenced by traditional First Nations craft. Tamika continues to further her exploration of traditional materials and craft techniques at home in Dawson City. This summer Tamika will be attending an artist residency in Roaring forks, Colorado and participating in various festivals around the territory.

Tamika's website: www.tamikaknutson.com
Tamika's instagram: www.instagram.com/boreal.jewellery

 


About Hougen Heritage Gallery

BIZhougen1The Hougen Heritage Gallery is a presentation space for heritage collections of photographs, including the Hougen family collection, and was inspired by Rolf Hougen's passion for Yukon heritage. Exhibitions presented in the Hougen Heritage Gallery are curated by the MacBride Museum or the Friends of the Yukon Archives Society, and rotate every four months.

About MacBride Museum

Yukon adventure starts at the MacBride Museum of Yukon History! From gold rush fever to the birth of Whitehorse, MacBride offers the most comprehensive view of the characters and events that built Canada's Yukon.

The museum, located in downtown Whitehorse just blocks away from the Arts Underground gallery, is open all year. MacBride offers programming for all ages on Yukon's nature culture and history. Once a year, MacBride mounts exhibits in the Hougen Heritage Gallery featuring outstanding artifacts from its collection of more than 25,000 objects, photographs and archival documents.

For more information on our exhibits, programming and events go to our website at macbridemuseum.com or call (867) 667-2709 ext.6.

About the Friends of the Yukon Archives Society

The Friends of the Yukon Archives Society (FOYAS) is a registered non-profit society that has been working since 1997 with the Yukon Archives to acquire, preserve, and provide access to the Yukon's rich documentary heritage. FOYAS is committed to assisting and advising the Yukon Archives in its important goal of preserving our past by: supporting and promoting programs and activities, receiving and administering gifts, endowments and bequests, and helping to make records at the archives more accessible. FOYAS presents exhibits from the collections of Yukon Archives twice yearly in the Hougen Heritage Gallery.

For more information about Yukon Archives and to view virtual exhibits/search the collections, please visit yukonarchives.ca or call (867) 667-5321.

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