by Sapphire Woods, Trish Starling and Sarena Johnson
Sapphire Woods, Trish Starling and Sarena Johnson come from different social locations but share a common goal of moving towards equity. The three of us sat down and had a conversation about how our social locations inform our work. Despite not being artists, we then agreed to each create a visual representation of that conversation. This is the first contribution to the visual series titled Three Truths, reflecting on exchange, and each will contribute different perspectives of how and why their work is important, collaborative, and requires constant reflection. This first piece was done by Sarena Johnson.
This is the first of three visual interpretations. It is meant to introduce us, since Indigenous protocol is to first introduce yourself in any new space so others know where your knowledge comes from and where their identities might intersect with yours. I’m not a visual artist, and found it a lot more difficult to do this than anticipated. I didn’t love that I went to using columns, but I did grow up in a colonized society and I am working to uncover, unlearn and synthesize those compartmentalized aspects of myself. This piece was based on our biographies since they inform more than our work, but the way we move through the world. I used different pens/pencils to illustrate how different perspectives can be seen or voices heard more clearly in dominant culture.