Indigenous Art 2021 Artist, Justin Sappier
Welcome to Woodland Cultural Centre’s Indigenous Art 2021 Exhibition.
Established in 1975, this is one of the longest running multi-media exhibitions that provide artists an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a fine art gallery setting. WCC is pleased to announce the return of this annual Juried Exhibition and we can’t wait to share the selected works with the public. Indigenous Art 2021 will be running September 11 – November 20, 2021.
Meet Artist, Justin Sappier
Justin Sappier, a Peskotomuhkati-Wolastoqey (Passamaquoddy- Maliseet) currently lives in Island View, New Brunswick, Canada. He uses his Aboriginal art, especially traditional woodcarving, to educate the public on Wabanaki (East Coast) First Nations culture.
Raised in the Peskotomuhka/Wolastoqey territory, Justin works to bring awareness to the issues presently facing indigenous groups on the East Coast, striving to bring pride and proper recognition.
“I work with wood for the connection to Mother Earth. When I carve, the feel and smell of the wood grounds me. The experience brings me closer to my roots and helps me understand the history of my people in a personalized, experience-driven way. Woods’ ability to be manipulated makes it a perfect medium to explore three dimensional art. Being able to reclaim a discarded log that most in today’s society would throw in a fire, and instead use it to create art, not only reconnects our society with nature but also raises awareness of Aboriginal history here on the East Coast of Canada.”
– Justin Sappier
Justin’s Featured Artwork
One Who Smiles, 2019
17″ x 13″ x 7″ / 43.2cm x 33.02cm x 17.8cm
Butternut finished with lin seed