Jessica Canard, Present, Past, Future, Acrylic on 6×12″ canvas. Part of an ongoing series called Sacred 7.
Jessica Canard is a multi-media visual artist who is inspired by street art and murals. Born and currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she has goals of traveling and making art internationally. Her roots are from Sagkeeng First Nation where she is using art to explore, reclaim, and bridge this part of her heritage with urban living. Her main focus is to use art as a tool for self-reflection/growth, to engage the public, and to build stronger communities. Accomplished at a young age, she’s been facilitating art workshops for youth since the age of 17, at 21 her work was purchased by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights thanks to a partnership that was started between the museum and the Michaelle Jean Foundation, and now she’s working towards those international goals. Jessica believes that art is about bringing people together and creating positive change.
Artist Statement I am a multi-media visual artist who highly influenced by street art and incorporate those various mediums and ideology in my work. I have a focus on large scale production, such as murals, and I’m really into sharing knowledge, skills, and ideas through the facilitation of art workshops. I was born in and I’m currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which has an influence on my art making and so does my heritage as an Ojibwe woman from Sagkeeng First Nation. Themes that come up in my work are influenced by the disconnect I have from my culture due to the process of colonization and how I am trying to reclaim the part of my identity. I don’t see myself reflected in the world around me and creating art is my way of making sure that I am represented, that my culture, and my communities are represented too. I also use art as a tool for self growth/reflection, to engage the public, and build stronger relationships between communities and their members because art is about bringing people together and creating positive change.