This piece represents the connectedness to all things. We refer to the trees as ‘Standing People’ for they are warriors who stand strong against the elements and they provide us with clean air and thus, life! The faces in the trees and earth are representative of the connections and continued energy flow of life. When We die, we go into the earth, the plants and trees grow from the earth, we eat the plants and the animals eat the plants. We eat the animals, and sometimes the animals eat us….and the cycle continues forever!
“To me family is the most important thing there is! But it doesn’t just refer to ‘human’ families, we are related to all things on Mother Earth, and we must treat all things, as we would treat our family! We can have all the possessions in the world, but without someone to share with, they mean nothing. Family does not have to be biological… family is whoever/whatever brings us love, fulfillment & joy! You will find all my relatives in my Artwork…trees, animals, birds, etc.. They are all part of my family!”
Kijicho-Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation
Sherry Crawford is an emerging artist who is still discovering her Art Style, and the Art world. She is Algonquin, and has been ‘picking up the pieces’ of her Anishinaabe Culture for the past 25 years or so. She embraces the Spiritual / Traditional teachings and has been honoured and humbled to be given her “indian name”, shared with the Elders during a Shaking Tent Ceremony. She is proud to connect to this special ceremonial name, Waabshkizi-mukwa gaabaw (White Bear Standing). She brings the bear into many of her pieces.