Swan River connection: artist nominated

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

A Burnaby, B.C.-based artist with a connection to the Swan River First Nation is in the running for an award. Michelle Sound is a finalist for the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP), for a series of images on drum frames.

Here’s what Sound has to say about the nominated art, which she calls ‘NDN Aunties,’ in a news release:

“NDN Aunties is a tribute to Auntie Culture: leather jackets, neon fur, and animal print stretched across drum frames. These drums, unplayable, much like the tough women they are inspired by, act as both tributes and self-portraits. Our aunties are also our mothers, who take care of us, our ‘cool’ moms. More often than not, our aunties are our first style icons, the loud aunties with the big laugh, who take us to the mall. This series is inspired by their timeless auntie style.”

In a subsequent email to The Leader, Sound said her mom Elizabeth (Chickaree) Perich grew up and went to school in Kinuso. Michelle used to visit her kokum Della in Edmonton every summer, “which usually included trips to Kinuso and Lac Ste. Anne.”

Michelle herself was born and raised in Vancouver. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Simon Fraser University, later achieving a Master’s Degree in Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She works as an Indigenous advisor at Douglas College. She says she devotes her spare time “to my art practice, as I have always loved making art and creating.”

The SSNAP winners will be announced on Oct. 23.

Michelle Sound
One of Michelle Sound’s nominated pieces from her ‘tribute to auntie culture.’

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