Our artist in residence, Meagan Musseau, is an emerging interdisciplinary visual artist of Mi’kmaq, French and Irish ancestry from the Bay of Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador––Elamstukwek, Ktaqamkuk territory of Mi’kma’ki, whose work has been shown nationally and abroad, in venues such as FLUX Media Art Gallery, Victoria; Open Space Artist-Run Centre, Victoria; U of S Gallery Two, Saskatoon; Grenfell Art Gallery, Corner Brook; and University of Brighton Gallery, England.

For THIRD SHIFT, Meagan is producing a body of work, titled [re]claim, using appliqué beadwork on rabbit fur to bead typographic place names in the Mi’kmaq language of significant sites, landmarks, and geographic locations starting in western Newfoundland and following water-ways throughout Mi’kma’ki (Atlantic Canada), in attempt to acknowledge and reclaim Mi’kmaq histories of place and connection to the land. Over the course of her residency, she will be consulting and engaging with the local Mi’kmaq community while creating her work, as a way to follow protocol and keep inline with six major components of Indigenous practice: respect, responsibility, relevance, relationality, reciprocity, and reverence.

“While creating the story-object over the duration of the residency, I will explore site-specific areas of the city and landscape to determine where I will temporally install and how I will interact with the object for the THIRD SHIFT event. My intention is to intervene a public space or area of land with the story-object to draw attention to the Indigenous history and the contemporary life ways within a colonial structure and society. The significance of the piece rests within the process of community engagement, revitalization and reclamation, story and knowledge sharing, as well as the blend of ‘traditional craft’ and contemporary art practice.”