Sign Language -Indigenous Resurgence & Redirections

Solo Exhibition at TAP Centre for Creativity, London ON

April 2018

Sign Language: Indigenous Resurgence and Redirections is a large scale mixed-media sculptural installation work featuring several road signs, which have been recreated using traditional Indigenous (Cree) materials to raise consciousness about Indigenous peoples’ presence, land dispossession, and future relationships between Indigenous peoples and settlers in Canada. In this work, I use glass cut seed beads, satin and ribbon applique, deer hide, and copper poles to explore the hidden language system of signs, and ask important questions around: What are our relationships to Indigenous peoples and the land? As a First Nation’s woman, my work indirectly speaks to how Indigenous peoples’ presence has been erased in mainstream society, and how Indigenous peoples’ rights and relationships to land have been ignored through settler colonialism. In this work, I look specifically at the role that traffic signs play in regulating and governing settler relations. Recognizing the powerful nature and purposes of road signs as reinforcing settler rules and regulations, and in doing so, in my opinion, often altering humans’ relationships with each other, the land and animals (e.g. reinforcing land as property as oppose to land as relation and teacher), I appropriate these tools to disrupt and resist their subliminal messages and redirect our attention to Indigenous peoples’ presence, resistance, and relationships to land. In this way, my work is an act of Indigenous resurgence. Through the act of appropriating everyday colonial symbols and texts, and strategically altering them by using traditional Cree materials, I strive to unearth Indigenous ways of knowing and relating to land and privilege Indigenous voices.

Road Sign sculptures 2017-2018

Exhibition Catalogue Solo Exhibition - Sign Language Indigenous Resurgence & Resilience TAP Centre for Creativity London, ON April 2018

Road Sign stickers Exhibition Catalogue Solo Exhibition - Sign Language Indigenous Resurgence & Resilience TAP Centre for Creativity London, ON April 2018

Exhibition Catalogue Holly Pichette Solo Exhibition - Sign Language Indigenous Resurgence & Resilience TAP Centre for Creativity London, ON April 2018

Directing Consent satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete 56cm x 101cm x 40cm Holly Pichette 2018

Directing Consent Holly Pichette Solo Exhibition - Sign Language Indigenous Resurgence & Resilience TAP Centre for Creativity London, ON April 2018

Directing Consent Holly Pichette Solo Exhibition - Sign Language Indigenous Resurgence & Resilience TAP Centre for Creativity London, ON April 2018

ᒫᐗᒋᐦᐃᑐᐎᓐ - Gathering Zone satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer 51cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

ᒫᐗᒋᐦᐃᑐᐎᓐ - Gathering Zone satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer 51cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

ᒫᐗᒋᐦᐃᑐᐎᓐ - Gathering Zone satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer 51cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

ᐊᔅᑮᐎ ᑭᔅᑭᓄᐦᐊᒫᑫᐎᓐ - Education Comes from the Land satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete, 51cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

ᐊᔅᑮᐎ ᑭᔅᑭᓄᐦᐊᒫᑫᐎᓐ - Education Comes from the Land satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete, 51cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

ᐃᓕᓕᐤ ᐊᔅᑭᔾ- Cree Country satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete 48cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

ᐃᓕᓕᐤ ᐊᔅᑭᔾ- Cree Country satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete 48cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

Holly Pichette Solo Exhibition - Sign Language Indigenous Resurgence & Resilience TAP Centre for Creativity London, ON April 2018

ᐅᔥᑭ ᒣᔅᑲᓇᐤ - New Road satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete 45cm x 198cm x 16cm, Holly Pichette 2018

ᐅᔥᑭ ᒣᔅᑲᓇᐤ - New Road satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete 45cm x 198cm x 16cm, Holly Pichette 2018

Slow Down - pehkâc satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete 86cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

Slow Down - pehkâc satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete 86cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

ᑖᐺᐎᓐ ᓀᔥᑕ ᒪᓈᒋᐦᐃᑐᐎᓐ ᑲᑕ ᐃᐦᑕᑾᓋ ᐊᓐᑌ ᓃᑳᓐ᙮ - Trust and Mutual Respect Ahead satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete 51cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

ᑖᐺᐎᓐ ᓀᔥᑕ ᒪᓈᒋᐦᐃᑐᐎᓐ ᑲᑕ ᐃᐦᑕᑾᓋ ᐊᓐᑌ ᓃᑳᓐ᙮ - Trust and Mutual Respect Ahead satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete 51cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

ᒪᓈᒋᐦᐃᑐᒄ- Respect One Another satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete 71cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

ᒪᓈᒋᐦᐃᑐᒄ- Respect One Another satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete 71cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

ᒪᓈᒋᐦᐃᑐᒄ- Respect One Another satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete 71cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

ᐅᔥᑭ ᐱᔅᑭᐦᑕᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓐ - New Chapter New Direction satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete 71cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018

Road Sign Sculptures

I decontextualize. Then, I reconstruct road signs to make political statements about Indigenous peoples’ presence, sovereignty and colonial dispossession. I am currently focused on experimenting with the different way I can use traditional materials such as seed beads, deer/moose hide along with paint to alter actual road signs. My goal is to disrupt and resist colonial assumptions and inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, and redirect them to Indigenous peoples’ knowledge as an act of resurgence.

One Way? Seed beads, deer hide, wood, concrete 198cm x 61cm Holly Pichette 2017

One Way? Seed beads, deer hide, wood, concrete 198cm x 61cm Holly Pichette 2017

One Way? Seed beads, deer hide, wood, concrete 198cm x 61cm Holly Pichette 2017

Rights of Way Seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete Holly Pichette 2017

Restoration Ahead seed beads, vinyl, acrylic paint, wood, concrete 51cm x 40cm x 3.8cm Holly Pichette 2017

Restoration Ahead seed beads, vinyl, acrylic paint, wood, concrete 51cm x 40cm x 3.8cm Holly Pichette 2017

Restoration Ahead seed beads, vinyl, acrylic paint, wood, concrete 51cm x 40cm x 3.8cm Holly Pichette 2017

Holly Pichette Road Sign Sculptures Pushing Back exhibition Satellite Gallery, London ON 2017

Kipichi seed beads, vinyl, acrylic paint acetate 244cm x 91cm x 91cm Holly Pichette 2016

Rebellion, Resurgence, Resilience Holly Pichette 3rd Year Graduate Exhibition TAP Centre for Creativity London, ON 2017

Rebellion seed beads, vinyl, acrylic paint 60cm x 76cm x 5cm Holly Pichette 2017

Resilience seed beads, vinyl, acrylic paint 60cm x 76cm x 5cm Holly Pichette 2017

Resurgence seed beads, vinyl, acrylic paint 60cm x 76cm x 5cm Holly Pichette 2017

Kipichi seed beads, vinyl, acrylic paint acetate 244cm x 91cm x 91cm Holly Pichette 2016

Kipichi - close up seed beads, vinyl, acrylic paint acetate 244cm x 91cm x 91cm Holly Pichette 2016

Privilege Checkpoint Ahead Holly Pichette Road Sign Sculptures Pushing Back exhibition Satellite Gallery, London ON 2017

Holly Pichette Road Sign Sculptures Pushing Back exhibition Satellite Gallery, London ON 2017

Holly Pichette Road Sign Sculptures Pushing Back exhibition Satellite Gallery, London ON 2017

Holly Pichette Road Sign Sculptures Pushing Back exhibition Satellite Gallery, London ON 2017

Holly Pichette Road Sign Sculptures Pushing Back exhibition Satellite Gallery, London ON 2017

Privilege Checkpoint Ahead Holly Pichette Road Sign Sculptures Pushing Back exhibition Satellite Gallery, London ON 2017

Privilege Checkpoint Ahead Holly Pichette Road Sign Sculptures Pushing Back exhibition Satellite Gallery, London ON 2017

Barriers and Blockades seed beads, vinyl, concrete, wood, acrylic paint variable sizes Holly Pichette 2017

150 Years seed beads, vinyl, concrete, wood, acrylics 263cm x 91cm x 25cm Holly Pichette 2017

Resistance 150 Collection of road sign sculptures variable sizes Holly Pichette 2017

Equal Rights Equal Access seed beads, vinyl, concrete, wood, acrylic paint Holly Pichette 2017

animal crossing collage

Equal Rights Equal Access seed beads, vinyl, concrete, wood, acrylic paint Holly Pichette 2017

Dead End seed beads, vinyl, wood, concrete, acrylic paint 244cm x 61cm x 61cm Holly Pichette 2016

Pipeline Deconstruction Ahead seed beads, vinyl, wood, concrete, acrylic paint 244cm x 91cm x 91cm Holly Pichette 2016

Anicibi means drinking water seed beads, vinyl, wood, concrete, acrylic paint 244cm x 91cm x 91cm Holly Pichette 2016

Pipeline Deconstruction Ahead seed beads, vinyl, wood, concrete, acrylic paint 244cm x 91cm x 91cm Holly Pichette 2016

Collection of road sign sculptures Studio shot Holly Pichette 2017

Collection of road sign sculptures Studio shot Holly Pichette 2017

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ᒪᓈᒋᐦᐃᑐᒄ- Respect One Another satin, ribbon, seed beads, deer hide, copper, concrete 71cm x 198cm x 16cm Holly Pichette 2018