Self-Location Workshop with Hjalmer Wenstob
“There’s no wrong answer to say who you are.”
With support from the Campbell River Art Gallery’s Satellite Campus Program and Carving On the Edge, this workshop is a follow-up from the Experiential Panel Discussion on Cultural Appropriation event in March 2021. After the event, panelist and Tla-o-qui-aht (Nuu-chah-nulth) artist Hjalmer Wenstob introduced a self-location writing exercise, as a way of laying the groundwork that will support the important, albeit uncomfortable, conversations around cultural appropriation as well as an exercise that first grounds each student’s perspective in their own introspection.
Through this workshop, we will have the opportunity to continue on the important conversations started in the Experiential Panel Discussion on Cultural Appropriation, and come together to transform that introspection work into art – by applying our self-awareness into a lino-cut art piece.
Participants will engage in a series of activities culminating in a unique linocut print of their making. You do not need to have attended the Experiential Panel Discussion on Cultural Appropriation event to join this workshop, all experience levels are welcome and supplies are included.
Participants will be asked to bring a 1-2 page written self-location exercise to the workshop (handout provided after registration). Over the two-day workshop, students will transform their writing exercise into sketches, drawings and a series of lino-cut prints.
Participants will also have a space to discuss and learn more about Indigenous studio arts and cultural appropriation, with a specific focus to Nuu-chah-nulth and Pacific Northwest Coast Art Practices.
Register now to reserve your spot. As this is being held in person, space is limited. Please respect COVID-19 protocols by social distancing and wearing a mask.
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Hjalmer WenstobCarver, Artist
Tlehpik Hjalmer Wenstob was raised on Tzartus island in Barkley Sound, in Huu-ay-aht First Nation’s territory; it was there that his understanding and desire to pursue both his traditional Nuu-chah-nulth and contemporary art practices began. Hjalmer Wenstob is an interdisciplinary artist who specializes in sculpture and carving. He is Nuu-chah-nulth from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, as well as Norwegian and English. Hjalmer speaks of three dialects of his work: contemporary, traditional, and community-based. His art practice ranges from ceremonial masks for his community, to community collaborative carving events, to contemporary works such as oil barrel totem poles and Styrofoam bentwood boxes. Hjalmer completed both an undergraduate and master’s degree at the University of Victoria, exploring the relationships between culture and art, and the balance between traditional and contemporary. His work, at times highly political, uses humour and irony to pose difficult questions of respect, reconciliation and environmental issues. Hjalmer lives with his family in his Tla-o-qui-aht community of Ty-Histanis, and they own and operate Cedar House Gallery in Ucluelet, BC. In 2018, Hjalmer was awarded the national William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists in Canada, from the Hnatyshyn Foundation in Ottawa, Ontario.