Katie Anderson

Age: 20, Location: Canada

SohkastwâwThis piece outlines the intergenerational trauma of Indigenous peoples. Features such as the star blanket, with specific colours that outline characteristics of Indigenous people. It also has each generation with shoulder tattoos (turtle island, treaty 1 flag, and canada flag with the maple leaf replaced with a red handprint, representing MMIW).
MaskwaBlack bears are known to represent courage, leadership, and strength. This piece was created using Indigenous styles of ombré colouring, thick lines, and repetitive designs.
Puppies!The pup piece is just a fun example of other art styles I enjoy!

1. Introduce yourself!

I am a 20 year old music major at Canadian Mennonite University! I run a small business (@honeycovetrinkets) and am currently in the process of connecting with lost culture. I am slowly immersing [myself] into Indigenous art styles and practices in order to find identity.

2. How have you identified yourself as a BIPOC individual through your creative work?

Understanding mediums or aesthetics that stem from Indigenous cultures has been a huge journey for me as an artist. I use digital art and have been working very hard to find my style of work my entire life. As an Indigenous creator, I am realizing that there are so many other directions for me to look aside from traditional styles. Using this, I have been able to mix together traditional art style and Indigenous inspirations.

3. What is your stance on BIPOC representation in the media?

I find that the younger generation is pushing and fighting well for the representation of BIPOC. While equality is nice within [the] media, creators from these groups have been marginalized and missed so many opportunities. Creations from BIPOC individuals need to be lifted and praised, recognizing the beauty and talent in communities, especially those who lack the chances that other communities may get. We need more uncomfortable conversations within [the] media, and bringing in BIPOC voices would help this.

4. How has your culture influenced your work and who you are today?

It was only recently that I began reconnecting with my culture. There have been many conflicts in my life concerning my Indigenous ethnicity and the religion based life my parents forced upon me. Immersing myself into lost culture has allowed me to see life and my character in a different way. Learning to respect land in many ways and understanding why active avocation is crucial have been two things that have really shaped me. Indigenous art styles, especially Plains Cree, have inspired me with my artwork and visions I have for future pieces.

5. What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy watching Netflix, doodling, dreaming of new tattoos, making coffee, and hanging out with my dog.