Our Mother(s) Tongue

These haunting works are part of a series titled, 'Our Mother(s) Tongue', that recalls kinship, tradition,language and language loss. These visceral photos of Blackburns own family members' tongues and mouths- thresholds between interior and exterior- are punctured using pins to form Dene syllabics and shadowed on the reverse by representations of Dene language, floral motifs and absence. Representing a violence that penetrates the body and spirit, this work highlights the impact of Canada's Residential Schools on Indigenous individuals, families and communities. Personal and political, Blackburn’s beautifully crafted works memorialize, record, and reclaim histories and cultural practices that colonialism attempts to erase.

Steep, Sip, Speak
Steep, Sip, Speak
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nu nee
nu nee

seed beads, pins, velvet,gel photo transfer, cotton 2017 W: 8 inch L: 12 inch H: 5.5 inch

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nu nee (reverse)
nu nee (reverse)
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tti
tti

seed beads, pins, velvet,gel photo transfer, cotton 20I7 W: 6 inch L: 7 inch H: 3.5 inch

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tti (reverse)
tti (reverse)
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ee
ee

seed beads, pins, velvet,gel photo transfer, cotton 2017 W: 5.5 inch L: 9.5 inch H: 4 inch

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ee(reverse)
ee(reverse)
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ee leh
ee leh

seed beads, pins, velvet,gel photo transfer, cotton 2017 W: 6 inch L: 6 inch H:4 inch

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ee leh (reverse)
ee leh (reverse)
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se
se

seed beads, pins, velvet,gel photo transfer, cotton 2017 W: 6.5 inch L:8 inch H:4.5 inch

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se(reverse)
se(reverse)
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Us
Us

Beads, pins,gel photo transfer, 24 kt gold-plated beads, seed beads 2017 W: l0 inch L: 14.5 inch Collection of Dunlop Art Gallery

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Inquire about available work through artist directly. Original cushions; Collection of the Indigenous Art Center(CIRNAC), Gatineau, Quebec.