With the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council.
The intricate mesh patterns of Abenaki weaving – utilitarian
and ornamental ash tree splint basketry – inspire me to explore these designs in digital form.
The foundation of the virtual realities I create is based in traditional media.
Skills I’ve developed working with acrylic paint, art glass, leather, and clay,
transfer seamlessly to 3D digital/new media modeling.
Abenaki Elder artists sharing experience in their process with me was the impetus to create
a new body of work – virtual interpretations of weaving. These aren't restricted to containers or vessels
– the infinite range of woven structural form potential, intrigues me.
I've been working with 3D digital modeling since 2010. I began experimenting with digital art in the late
90s and find I learn something new every day. Recently, my experimentation led me to realize how I can
digitally replicate basket weaving.
Through investigating the artistic potential of my Abenaki heritage in virtual environments – I can share
my adaptations and hybridizations of my impressions with a view to creating a basis for new traditions.