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My paintings are influenced by my Ojibwe heritage and modernist painting. These works will remind the viewer of the significance of First Nations’ historical and contemporary achievement through an Aboriginal perspective.
History or tradition is what is remembered, passed on orally, through objects in museums or the pictographs that have remained, and more recently through books and cultural production by Aboriginal people. As urban Indians, we piece together the information that has survived in order to mend the amnesia that has damaged our (traditional) culture. This becomes a meeting of tradition (remembered) and our contemporary lives; we are individuals with a First Peoples’ history.
A descendant of Ojibwe Chief Shingwauk of Garden River, Janice Toulouse Shingwaak was born and raised on the Serpent River First Nations and studied at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and Concordia University, Montreal. In the early nineties she spent time in the Toulouse area of southern France studying European modernism, while bringing the First Nations’ art and cultures to the European public.