Trash Painting 1 and more art by Kida Lutrell

Trash Painting 1, 2020
7 x 7 x 1.9 inch (h x w x d)
Mixed Media (acrylic on roofing debris)

Despite repeated assurances that the steadily growing pile of debris from nearby roofers would be cleaned up, some pieces were left behind. Not wanting to waste a perfectly good piece of trash, I translated my Woodlands floral painting style onto both tiles. While I usually paint on hide or parfleche, I took inspiration from the history of turning discarded tin cans into decorative metal cones. Traditionally everything we had came from the land, and everything we used was returned when it was no longer needed.

Indigenous people have lived through hundreds of years of being broken and discarded on the land that we belong to. Some day we too will return to the land. I see myself reflected here.

namoya nika-wêpinikawin
I will not be discarded.

Cree, Red Pheasant Cree Nation

Kida Luttrell is a biracial Cree artist and regalia maker with family roots in Red Pheasant Cree nation and Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland. Kida draws inspiration from their experience being in between, as someone who is biracial, bisexual, and Two Spirit. Kida lives in Calgary with their partner and an old grandma cat.

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