mixed media (wood, copper wiring), 2018
Running through a series of smaller adjoining lakes, the Serpent River unites the heart of Rooster Rock with Lake Huron and the homes of my mother and father. It is at once fluid, confident, and labyrinthine but always precisely orientated in every way that it needs to be. There are no unintentional pathways. This work intends to embody my understanding of place and home through the language of the river. Specifically, I reflect on my mixed ancestry and experience with a wholesome but fragmented upbringing between two worlds; separated mentally, physically, and emotionally and never quite enforcing itself in unison. This sense of self is then juxtaposed against the outward reality of often having the choice to identify or not identify as an indigenous woman. In all, the intention is to shed light on the complexities surrounding building identity in tandem between an entirely indigenous versus entirely colonial reality.