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ARTIST NAME: Desmoulin, Jessica
ACCESSION NUMBER: 2020.011.002
DATE: 2019
MEDIUM: felted wool, beads and leather
DIMENSIONS: Actual: 12.1 × 24 × 38.1 cm (4 3/4 × 9 7/16 × 15 in.)
COLLECTION: Alberta Foundation for the Arts

OTHER HOLDINGS: Desmoulin, Jessica
ARTIST BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Jessica Desmoulin is Ojibway of the Pic River First Nation. As a child, she lived in Rochester, AB and later in Sparwood, BC. She currently lives with her family in Edmonton, AB. After the birth of her second child, Desmoulin developed an illness that left her unable to work outside the home. She took this opportunity to approach her art seriously and began to paint canvasses and occasionally buffalo skulls in the new Woodland style. Her works, which connect her to her ancestral memories, explore the essential role colour plays in creating a design and reflect nature and the patterns in its creations, such as the rings of a tree, the waves in the ocean, the cracks in the earth and the petals on a flower. Animals often appear in her paintings, both as symbols and reflections of her family and loved ones and as the totems she approaches for spiritual guidance. Her use of copper, silver, gold, and bronze reminds viewers of the precious materials in our environment and that we need to cherish our world. Desmoulin has participated in several regional exhibitions, including Patterns in Nature, Animal Speak, and Nurturing the Spirit at Edmonton’s Bearclaw Gallery (2013, 2014, 2016). Her artwork has been featured on the covers of Alberta Native News (November 2014, September 2016), used as the logo for the Spirit Runner app, which promotes positive lifestyles for aboriginal youth, and is held in the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

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