2017| digital print on cradleboard with a resin finish | 48” x 36” | courtesy the artist
Bracken Hanuse Corlett’s work is a hybrid that incorporates Northwest Coast aesthetics and symbols. For this wood and resin print, the artist depicts an armed crouching figure who sits on a Haida bentwood box which had multiple uses, shifting function from drum and noise maker to storing dance and performance regalia. The boxes served in ritual as well as daily to day life; the action of the figure is one of preservation, defending their property; their culture.
A multimedia artist from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations, Bracken Hanuse Corlett has an interdisciplinary practice integrating video, sound, painting, carving, sculpture and performance. Hanuse Corlett finds inspiration in the stories, language, songs and art of his Northwest Indigenous ancestry, incorporating traditional Indigenous iconography combined with new media concepts to portray themes such as cultural continuum, identity politics and decolonization. He is a graduate of the En’owkin Centre of Indigenous Art and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In 2014, Bracken was a recipient of the BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art and the YVR Art Foundation Masterpiece Study Program Grant. He is the co-founder of the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival and over the last four years has performed as a member of the audio-visual collective, Skookum Sound System.
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