About the artist
Jackie Traverse is a graduate from the School of Art at the University of Manitoba.
She is an Anishinabe from Lake St. Martin, First Nations. Jackie works in all mediums, including sculpture, mixed media, and video. Traverse is already widely known in art communities across Canada.
Her paintings, drawings, documentaries, and sculptures speak to realities of being an Aboriginal woman. She has created stop-motion animation on missing and murdered women in Canada. Jackie is deeply moved by the injustices faced by First Nations people. Through her art she expresses her ideas and opinions while striving to inspire dialogue on addressing her people's social issues.
Traverse has participated in “Art Battles” in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is committed to her community and teaches art in public schools, which bring together the traditional teachings of the First Nations to various cultures. Her public art can be seen throughout Canada.
Traverse is a multi-disciplinary First Nation female artist who calls the city of Winnipeg home. A large portion of her work contains a combination of popular and traditional cultural reflections, which she portrays through her knowledge of urban living, contemporary visual art, traditional craft, and her own cultural practices. Throughout the past few years she developed an affinity for using art to respond to issues involving Aboriginal women and their urban experiences, mainly towards using visual art in the contemporary woodland style.
Through the process of digital media, text based media, drawing, painting, and performance Traverse pushes boundaries and play with the ideas of exploring cultural thematic issues within a new media aesthetic, traditional aboriginal practice, ceremony, and with the idea of the cultural teaching and experience within our contemporary society.
When choosing materials for each new work she relies on her ideas and concept to sort out the details, the ideas tend to develop and the medium is prone to follow. After this process she works with the medium, hone its properties and ensure that it will help speak directly to the subject matter and message she wants to portray through her work. Materials in which have found a way into her practice range from video, traditional bead work, visual art using acrylics, video and various other natural and manufactured objects.
Through personal experiences within her First Nation and artistic communities, Traverse has been blessed to meet amazing individuals and artists, and participate in contemporary exhibitions, touring her media art animations, all of which have fueled her artistic practice in ways never have imagined. By creating these objects, environments and imagery that pertain to these experiences, Traverse engages the viewer to question and interpret the authenticity of their own experiences.