Michelle Sylliboy – Mi’kmaq Artist Scholar the current Inverness Arts Centre visiting artist
A Visual Poetic Journey
Since arriving on the art scene in 1995, Michelle Sylliboy a Mi’kmaq Artist was born in Boston, Mass and raised on unceded territory in We’koqmaq Cape Breton. Michelle recently moved back to her territory after living and working on unceded Coast Salish territory for the past past twenty seven years. While in Vancouver she learned to capture and intrigue the art community with her Interdisciplinary style of work. She gathers much of her inspiration from personal tales, the environment, and her Mi’kmaq culture. Her Interdisciplinary art practice embodies some of her own life experiences, which has led her to work with emerging and professional artists from all over Turtle Island. Currently Michelle is working on her Philosophy of Education Doctorate Degree fieldwork where she will combine her artistic background and education by creating a Mi’kmaq Komqwejwi’kasikl (Hieroglyphic) curriculum with Mi’kmaq teachers and elders. Michelle is also the current visiting artist at Inverness Art Centre Gallery carving her Mi’kmaq hieroglyphics on Cape Breton serpentine and whale bone .
Serpentine Workshop session:
The workshop sessions will be about engaging with a Mi’kmaq Artist Scholar, who is currently developing a Mi’kmaq hieroglyphic curriculum by planting seeds of interest by using art as a way to engage with community.
I will talk briefly about the history of the Mi’kmaq hieroglyphic anguage and my phd research as an artist who is on a quest to revitalize our komqwej’wikasikl language.
Workshop details – All day serpentine stone carving workshop. (maximum 15-20 participants per session, minimum 10).
The day will consist of participants learning the art of stone carving by choosing a Mi’kmaq hieroglyphic symbol to carve, as a way to engage in cultural knowledge sharing through language serpentine and tools will be provided.
Cost: $90 (+$20 materials cost) REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Please bring own bag lunch
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Michelle Sylliboy Mi’kmaq M’Ed, B.F.A.
Please see my website for bio https://msylliboy.wixsite.com/website