Faces of Legacy
Faces of Legacy
Portraits that bridge cultures, lands and traditions and shed light on the unique gifts individuals bring to the world.
I am excited to announce the beginnings of Faces of Legacy! Steeped in my heart’s desire to utilize my artwork for positive social change, this multi-year endeavor is birthed from my history of traveling into indigenous communities in Alaska and meeting many inspiring women acting with bravery to ensure a better future for generations to come.
Faces of Legacy is an art movement that employs a three-part formula – interviews and portrait drawing, exhibitions and public engagements, and community service.
Faces of Legacy begins with a series of portraits featuring 10 indigenous women leaders along the Pacific Coast of the United States: from Alaska to California. Through this ethnographic artistic study, I interview the women, spend time in their communities, and explore life from another’s perspective. Each unique interaction guides me in creating life-size portraits that translate the knowledge held by each woman along with their unique contribution to the global environment. I will share the portraits through exhibitions, publications, and online platforms with a global audience with a united goal: to discover, together, more sustainable ways of living and caring for our environments.
Faces of Legacy marks this critical moment in history as women around the world rise for their communities, countries, and earth. The artwork addresses women’s empowerment, indigenous rights, and solutions to climate change and environmental degradation with the powerful combination of narrative and portraiture. With every portrait and story shared, audiences are familiarized with the faces of contemporary indigenous women leaders, and the art becomes a judgment-free platform from which to dive head first into some of the biggest questions of our time.
Ultimately, Faces of Legacy is about the visions of these women and how they are to influence generations to come. Beginning in Alaska and California, it is a celebration of the gifts that indigenous women offer our world.
In Anchorage this summer, I hosted the inaugural Council Series – the first of the presentations and public engagements with the women behind Faces of Legacy. Taking place at Alaska Native Heritage Center on July 13th, this Council Series was a panel that featured five Anchorage-based Native artists including Polly Andrews, my first portrait subject, and addressed the topic “Culture as a Cause”. It was wonderful to learn from these amazing artists of various disciplines, from dance, drum making, visual arts, play writing, and acting!
The panel serves the community of Anchorage by providing insight from successful Native artists about the state of the arts in surrounding communities and how the arts play a critical role in cultural stability and the health of the environment.
Friday, July 13th, 2018
Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage, Alaska
6-7pm – Meet and Greet with the Artists
7-8:30pm – Artists Panel at the Gathering Place
Featured Panelists: Polly Andrews, Aassanaaq Kairaiuak, Phillip Charette, Torin Jacobs, Vera Starbard Bedard, and Irene Bedard