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.
Each Faces of Legacy series is an ethnographic artistic study, involving interviews, time and service in each subject’s community, and exploring life from their perspective. Each unique interaction guides me in creating life-size portraits that translate the knowledge held by each person along with their unique contribution to the global environment. I will share the portraits through exhibitions, publications, online platforms and public engagements with a united goal: activate, together, more sustainable ways of living and caring for our environments.
Series 1: Women of the North
Alaska, through the hearts of women.
Women of the North is an art series that welcomes viewers into the land of Alaska through the perspective of women who call it home. Employing portraiture, interviews, videos, large-scale drawings, and soundscapes, Women of the North brings the North nearer. This is Alaska – through the hearts of women.
Women of the North will kick off the Faces of Legacy series of art productions.
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