Exhibition: Keynote

Ursula Johnson

Ursula Johnson, L’nuwelti’k (We Are Indian), 2010-present
Photo by Mathieu Léger
Courtesy of Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen

Ursula Johnson is an emerging performance and installation artist of Mi’kmaw First Nation ancestry. Through the medium of durational performance art she enters into laborious tasks/circumstances that create repetitive strain on her body and mind while creating tension with the viewer.

She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and has participated in over 30 group shows and 5 solo exhibitions. Her performances are often place-based and employ cooperative didactic intervention.

I define my practice as Interdisciplinary. In my art I combine a multitude of elements in order to encourage dialogue between the viewers and the work, frequently challenging the viewers to explore with me ideas of identity, ancestry and cultural practice.
In the topics and themes I examine through performance, sculpture and or installation and sometimes all of the above; I aim at creating a space where the viewer is confronted with thought provoking visuals, sounds and scents. Often challenging the viewer to investigate their own Identity, as well as examining the relationship that their ancestry and cultural practices relates to that of mine.
Although my methodology is quite consistent, the materials that I consider with each project are crucial in determining the message that I intend to deliver. My work often juxtaposes aspects of traditional aboriginal art forms and contemporary work.

Ursula Johnson, Artist Statement
Ursula Johnson, Friday November 19 2019, Concordia University, TextilesTradeTime Symposium

Presented in association with CICA-Conversations in Contemporary Art.