“When we tell our stories, we are sharing our light.”
The pictured painting inspired by my grandmother, a mother to nine. Though her house was always full, her heart seemed to never run out of space. She readily kept her ear, table, heart, and home open for any in need.
She had no formal education, but she demonstrated mastery in growing things–children, vegetables, hydrangeas, families, love. Her worn, tan hands told her story. She was a gardener and a giver.
Always gardening and giving. This two-dimensional image falls short of her three-dimensional life, gifts, and love. But it helps me remember her. Her story. That’s the thing about art. It gives shape to our imaginations, and it colors our memories. It layers the third dimension on two-dimensional frames. Art loves to tell stories.
The community of Indigenous women at Tea&Bannock know this well. They speak their stories through art. Their work deconstructs stereotypes of Indigenous people through a powerful collective voice. Below is the link to a roundtable discussion with these women.
Reading about this group reminded me that the creation of art is a fundamental human right, a vehicle for social awareness and change, and a means of stamping culture on the map of history. Art allows us to transform angst into new ideas, new ideas into new creations, and new creations into new genres.
There’s more than one way to tell your story. Click the link below to read more.
Tea&Bannock is a supportive community celebrating life through the Indigenous gaze. Meet the seven artists behind it.