“My name is Emma Hassencahl-Perley, I am Wolastoqiyik “people of the beautiful, bountiful river”, commonly known as Maliseet. I currently reside in Tobique First Nation in Western NB. I hold my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University (’16).
My work explores themes of legislative identity, my own identity as Wolastoqiyik and the truth about our shared history between Indigenous people and the settler state and society of Canada. My work is rooted in painting and printmaking, however, in recent years it has shifted towards installation, beadwork, textiles and performance on top of my usual creation methods.
I have exhibited in venues such as the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in Moncton, Struts and Faucet in Sackville, the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg and the Roundhouse Gallery in Vancouver, BC.
During my residency, I would like to preform my latest jingle dress, which will be embellished with shreds of the Indian Act, a sister piece to my project titled: “White Flag.” I will be exploring identity through the Indian Act.”
Ease on Down the Road is an invitational residency for emerging artists to produce a media art project using the centre’s equipment and technical resources.