annie ross – poet / visual artist


‘Daughter of a strong traditional Maya mother and auntie and WWII veteran father (Sydney Mines, NS). Began education at home with plants, animals, art, Indigenous hand work, storytelling, and history in Compton, California. Now working as an artist/teacher in the Canadian west, with awesome on-going working relationships with friends/family from many First Nations/Indigenous communities regarding testimony of Home/Lands and Sacred Beings.’

Surrey Muse is delighted to have annie ross’s art work on our poster for the April 2018 gathering.

The art work is part of a set of over forty paintings titled ‘2016 – 2018 extinction portraits’, and it comes with the following text:

Extinction Portraits: the Political Economy of the Grizzly Bear

‘The first teachers are the Animals. Creation Stories, field observations, relationship to Home/Land, is the Indigenous Environmental Bioregionalism of Place, successful for millennia too old and long to count, in modern spreadsheets. Extractive industries (i.e; the reap and rape of the commons), with its colonial imposition of man camps, drugs, alcohol, sex for hire slavery, and complete environmental destruction of Home/Land, leaves a spoiled land unable to support life, marginalized down wind and downstream, extinctions, and a population of completely dispossessed persons, now unable to live sustainably. Open-pit mining, clear-cuts, and other so called ‘development projects’, as they have been mostly practiced in the Americas, create three things: 1. Massive wealth and power for the few; 2. Extinctions; and 3. “Skid Row”s of all major cities, world-wide, populated by dispossessed Indigenous peoples who no longer have a Home/Land to whom to return. Promises of economic parity, justice, are just that. Remediation is a dream. The birthplace of the nuclear bomb in the American southwest, Alberta’s tar sands, are all omnicidal realities. No one, no matter whom, can live, dream, on these landscapes, destroyed in geologic terms, by political economics fuel by lawless expediency, imperialist goals; the ‘Greed Sickness” of our time.’
2016—2018-extinction-portraits

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Contact annie
annier@sfu.ca

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Christi Belcourt – Visual Artist


Christi Belcourt is a Michif (Métis) visual artist, an author, an environmentalist and an advocate for the lands, waters and Indigenous peoples. She is a lead organizer for the Onaman Collective that focuses on resurgence of language and land based practices; and, the lead coordinator for Walking With Our Sisters, a community-driven project that honours murdered or missing Indigenous women. Her work Giniigaaniimenaaning (Looking Ahead) commemorates residential school survivors, their families and communities to mark the Prime Minister’s historic Apology in 2008 and is installed at Centre Block on Parliament Hill commissioned by the Government of Canada. She was named the Aboriginal Arts Laureate by the Ontario Arts Council in 2015, and in 2016 she won a Governor General’s Innovation Award and was named the winner of the 2016 Premier’s Awards in the Arts. Christi is the author of Medicines To Help Us (Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2007) and Beadwork (Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2010). Her work is found in the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gabriel Dumont Institute, the Indian and Inuit Art Collection, Parliament Hill, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Canadian Museum of Civilization, First People’s Hall.

Surrey Muse is honored to have Christi Belcourt’s art work on our poster for the March 2018 gathering.

The art work comes with the following text:

Water has no flag, Water knows no race.

The earth’s belly grew
of sun and moon and stars
until her waters broke and all of creation took its first breath
crying out “glorious is life” into the four directions.

And for a million moons
and a million cycles around the sun
she danced, birthing beings as miraculous as the stars,
while the sun and moon
danced like jewels on the surface of her seas
and all of creation sang in unison “glorious is life”.

For a million moons and a million cycles around the sun,
all drank from the shores of her veins,
all whose bones returned to her flesh
all who come from her all here now
carrying within them all who ever were
and all who will ever be.

Our mother
whose waters broke on that first day
and made song possible,
We sing now for you,
Drumming to your heartbeat
with nothing left to give but our bones and flesh as an offering,
so that we too can drink in life from the shores of your veins
for another million moons
and another million cycles around the sun.

View Christi’s art practices
christibelcourt.com/cv
Contact Christi
belcourtart@hotmail.com
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T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss – Surrey Muse

T’uy’t’tanat-Cease is an interdisciplinary artist who works with new media, is an ethnobotanist and more recently has returned to her textiles art practice through learning Coast Salish weaving techniques. Building on this ancient technology Cease will be embarking on a high tech project through Emily Carr College of Art and Design on Loretta Todd’s IM4: Indigenous Matriarchs 4 [as in the Sacred 4 directions] and will be building Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality worlds. Cease has been named the 2018 Indigenous Storyteller in Residence at the Vancouver Public Library and will be found at various libraries and community spaces from March til June. Her upcoming collaboration with Dene Artist Anne Riley Public Art project, ‘A Constellation of Remediation’ will be focused on Remediation of former gas station sites throughout Vancouver from now until 2019. She is a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast and lives in East Vancouver. She is a beekeeper and community engaged gardener.

More about Cease is here
indigenousplantdiva.wordpress.com
ravenhummingbirdtea.wordpress.com
Contact Cease
ceasefire66@gmail.com
Skype: ceasefire66

At the March 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Cease will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
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Raghavendra Rao K.V. – Painter / Sculptor

Raghavendra Rao K.V. was born and raised in Bangalore, Karnataka (India), where he also attended the prestigious Ken School of Art. After completing his diploma in painting, he received a fellowship in painting at the Kanoria Centre for Arts in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. As a young emerging artist, he participated in ‘Four Young Contemporaries’, curated by prominent artist, Rekha Rodwittiya, which highlighted new artists in the blossoming contemporary art market of the early 1990s in India. He explored the idea of installation art along with his peers since its early days, and participated in numerous solo and group shows in India, Europe, and North America. He has undertaken residencies in Switzerland, Scotland, and Mauritius, as well as numerous locations in India itself, and a major collaborative art festival in Lille, France. He began teaching at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore in 1997, and has taught there occasionally since 2012. He splits his time between Bangalore and Vancouver, where he lives with his wife and two children.

We are grateful to Raghavendra Rao for allowing us to feature his art on Surrey Muse poster for February 2018. The poster is designed by Art Director Mariam Zohra.

More about Raghvendra
https://raghuraokv.wordpress.com/paintings-and-drawings/
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Aandaano – Surrey Muse

Andrew Bainbridge aka Aandaano is a painter, sculptor, and a traditional drummer and singer who has exhibited his work in Asia, Africa, Europe and America; and, his paintings are part of collections in Germany, France, Netherlands, Canada, United States, Thailand, Poland and Cook Island. He has participated in various exhibits including ‘Bear of the North’ (Group Exhibit with Brian Marion, Toronto City Hall); ‘A Meeting of Two Nations’ (Green Soapstone carving presented to the High Commission for the Republic of South Africa as a gift to President Nelson Mandela during Nelson Mandela’s Farewell Tour, Regina, AB); and, ‘Art up high’ (Vancouver Lookout). Andrew also produced an alternate radio show that focused on First Nation music, culture, opinion and politics; and, he has taught workshops on carving and theory of art. He was the First Nation Ambassador to Poland. Throughout his journey as a ’60’s Scoop’ survivor, Andrew rediscovered his roots through his paintings, and later sculpture.

Andrew began to work in the woodland school of art when he was 9, and, around the age of 12, he was flown from Sandy Lake to London Ontario to participate in an exhibit with Daphne Odjig and Alex Simeon Janvier, both part of the ‘Indian Group of Seven’. In 1991, he met Brian Marion, Norval Morrisseau’s apprentice of 10 years, and together, they became heavily involved in First Nation ceremony, travelling throughout all of North America. He apprenticed for 10 years with Brian Marion before continuing on to Asia and Europe where he represented his culture and became an ambassador of Eastern Woodland Art around the world. In Norval’s dying months, Andrew was authenticated by Norval Morisseau as part of the Eastern Woodland School of art.

Contact Andrew
misteranonymous234@rocketmail.com

At the January 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Andrew will be the Featured Artist. More information about the event is here:
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Joy Haskell – Surrey Muse

Joy Haskell is a poet, screenwriter and director who teaches writing, participates in poetry slams and is a public speaker. She taught Creative Writing at prison, and she now teaches it at high schools and community groups. In her down time she volunteers with animal facilities. Joy began writing poetry and short stories as a young child; her first piece of writing was a poem about vegetables with attitudes, and her first published item was also a poem that appeared in 2008 in an anthology of Indigenous writers. At this time, Joy is working on a novel and a screenplay while living in Surrey.

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At the January 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Joy will be the Featured Author. More information about the event is here:
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Featured Art by Rob Zeer – ‘Bathers and Dog’


‘This 1×1 metre ‘Bathers and Dog’ was painted on the shoreline of Lake Okanagan in 2010.

‘I set up my easel on the shore of the lake, with background of an extinct volcano, the Selkirk Mountains behind but needed some ‘foreground material’. At that moment a young guy with his huge black dog and pretty girlfriend happened to be walking by and I instantly though perfect! They were thankfully very obliging to pose for some pictures taken with my IPad.

‘This painting is still in my domain to purchase, in case anyone is interested.’

~ Rob Zeer

‘Bathers and Dog’ is featured on the October 2017 poster of Surrey Muse.


Poster designed by Surrey Muse art director Mariam Zohra.

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