16"x20" Acrylics on canvas. Prints available!
Part of my series exploring the history of wild rice in connection to Anishinaabe people and the modern context of threats by sulife/copper-nickel mining.
I'm going back to my roots in a couple ways with this series - culturally and stylistically. This has been an interesting opportunity to revive my imagination and create work entirely from my mind and it's been quite a challenge!
Wild rice (manoomin) is a plant that's incredibly sensitive when it comes to water pH - the issue with sulfide mining is that it pollutes nearby water sources in major ways. When the manoomin is disturbed or is unable to grow, it upsets entire ecosystems and also becomes an indicator of quality of fresh water.
There's a lot of angles in the debate about mining though that are difficult to address. Mining is a problem around the world and many majority world ("third world") countries are being exploited in similar ways. We're dependent on harmful processeses globally ... how do we "meet demand" while similutaneously preventing disasters like the one I've attempted to illustrate?