Raven – scavenger, finder, and protector – can teach us about community, cooperation, and resourcefulness
In autumn 2017, Whitehorse-based artist Nicole Bauberger and Upper Tanana artist Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé, member of the White River First Nation, began to formulate an idea of creating Raven-inspired sculptural works from found roadside tire remnants. With a Canada Council grant under their belts they were able to officially begin the project in January 2018. Nicole and Teresa created artworks using collected blown tires from the side of roads, particularly the stretch of the Alaska Highway from Whitehorse to Beaver Creek, Yukon.
Early on in the project, the artists set out to engage with some Yukon communities, posing the question: “What does Raven mean to you?” during hands-on workshops. They held workshops in Whitehorse, and the schools in Haines Junction, Destruction Bay, and Beaver Creek. The workshops offered Nicole and Teresa a chance to engage with people and learn more about Raven (or Crow).
Over the next several months, Teresa and Nicole worked separately on artworks that would ultimately be in dialogue with one another. Wanting to create work together, the two worked throughout the summer to prepare a 14-location scavenger hunt that was launched during the weekend of Culture Days (Sept. 26-28) and continues until the end of October.
Teresa and Nicole have exhibited work at the Da Kų Cultural Centre in Haines Junction, Yukon in the summer of 2018, and the Emily Carr House in Victoria, British Columbia for September 2018. They look forward to future exhibits together at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in Ontario for the summer of 2019, and the Art Gallery of Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie after that.
Check this website for frequent updates on the progress of the final work as well as workshops near you!