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Bracken Hanuse Corlett  Bio  ·  


When I am asked what informs my art I usually begin with my mixed background.  On my mother's side the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose people have been artists since time immemorial.  My use of traditional iconography is linked to my D.N.A.  My mother has been stalwart in her support for my development as an artist and has helped me connect to my roots on the west coast.  From my father I learned about meticulously working with wood and discovering its many uses and re-uses, which has helped me immensely with my studies in carving.

When I look at images of Northwest Coast box designs, ceremonial masks or of carved depictions of Indian Agents from turn of the century, I see that the artists from those times were illustrating their current realities and experiences with the spiritual.  I hope to remain connected and manifest the visions I see with my work, while focusing on the past, present and future of our art.   My work explores colour and form, yet also remains consistent with traditional structure, which has been passed down now for generations from an original source. 




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Biography
Bracken Hanuse Corlett is a multimedia Northwest Coast artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations.  He cut his artistic gums 10 years ago working in the field of theatre and dance and has since transitioned into a focus on digital and visual arts. He has worked as a News writer for Redwire Magazine, Production Manager and Co-Programmer at the Indigenous Media Arts Group, and is currently Co-founder and Co-programmer for the newly formed Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, housed out of the W2 Community Media Arts Centre.  He is a graduate of the En’owkin Centre of Indigenous Art and is currently in his final year at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, studying Painting, Sound and Film. He has also studied Northwest Coast Native art, carving and design from acclaimed Heiltsuk artists Bradley Hunt and his sons Shawn Hunt and Dean Hunt.  Some of his notable exhibitions have been at Grunt Gallery (Vancouver), Three Walls Gallery (Chicago) SAW Gallery (Ottawa) and The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art (Kelowna).

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