Installation view of the 2017 Sobey Art Award exhibition with Moose Fence, 2017, lumber, fencing, ungulate gate, and programmed lighting; and (re)al-location, 2017, repeat pattern print on adhesive vinyl.

Difficult Connections: A Conversation with Ursula Johnson

Ursula Johnson’s hybrid work blends sculpture, performance, and activism. A member of the Eskasoni Mi’kmaw First Nation on Cape Breton Island (Unama’ki in Mi’kmaw) in Nova Scotia, she grew up speaking the Mi’kmaw language. Johnson spent her early working life as an activist and participated in the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations, where she was involved in creating the Indigenous Youth Caucus. She decided, however, that art could further her social and cultural goals. Her first solo exhibition “Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember),” which opened at St. Mary’s University Art Gallery in 2014, has been touring Canada ever since….see the entire article in the print version of July/August’s Sculpture magazine