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Amelia Douglas Gallery showcases Indigenous artist Michelle Sound


Feb. 20, 2019

Douglas College’s Amelia Douglas Gallery is hosting a public exhibit of Indigenous artist Michelle Sound’s mixed media pieces Feb. 28-April 20.

Chapan Snares Rabbits is a collection of nine pieces inspired the artist’s heritage and includes dyed deer hide drums painted with gouache and metallic paint, as well as other mixed media works created with canvas, wood and acrylic paint.  

Chapan is a Cree word that means your great-grandparents and also means your descendants. My chapan was a midwife and healer who further supported her family with a trapline of rabbit snares. I am inspired by the many Indigenous women who continue to adapt, create and remain the backbone of our families and communities,” said Sound.

Sound is Cree and Métis and a member of the Wapsewsipi Swan River First Nation in Northern Alberta. She was born and raised in Coast Salish territory. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University, School for the Contemporary Arts; and her Master of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Sound is the current Aboriginal Program Assistant at Emily Carr.

Sound has exhibited her artwork in Pushing Boundaries; Contemporary Indigenous Art and the Talking Stick Festival: Kwèykw`áystway: Speaking With One Another.

“Michelle Sound’s beautiful, thoughtful pieces function on a few levels: as expressions of family history and identity, as contemporary examples of traditional craft, and as explorations of the cultural and historical roles of both Indigenous women, and the craft materials themselves,” said Krista Eide, arts events officer at Douglas College.

An opening reception for Chapan Snares Rabbit will be held in the Amelia Douglas Gallery Feb. 28, 4:30–7:30pm, with an artist’s talk March 5 at 6:30pm. The gallery, on the fourth floor of Douglas College’s New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave., is a non-profit organization run by members of the Arts Exhibition Committee at Douglas College.

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