A black and white sketch by Maanii Oakes

An Intimate Moment with Maanii Oakes

Tangled Art + Disability

Join artist Maanii Oakes for an intimate community session and discussing topics including maintaining authenticity in creative practices, the works and arts practice involved in FLOURISHING: SOMEWHERE WE STAY AUTHENTIC, and the disability arts community as a whole. Taking place on December 3 to recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Tangled Art Gallery will be open 12:00 – 5:00 pm.

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About the Artist
Maanii Oakes is a working nineteen year old Swampy Cree Anishnabek and Kanienkehaka cultural tattoo practitioner and visual artist in the mediums of skin stitch, handpoke, pencil crayon and most recently rawhide sculpture. Her work is influenced by her home of Eeyou Istchee, as pressed by her late grandfather in enacting Cree ways of governance and being. She tattoos both traditional and contemporary designs pulling from her own archival research and the strong material culture of her ancestors including bulrush weaving patterns and the painted caribou blankets of James Bay. In contrast her figurative pieces address recent history and present day colonialism, not pandering to loss of what she never had but rather looking to engage the stark reality of living culture seeping through layers of assimilation. Her practice also includes a variety of public speaking engagements and mentorship in community arts centering environmental justice and indigenous stewardship demonstrating her commitment to community and cultural exchange.

About the Exhibition:
FLOURISHING: SOMEWHERE WE STAY AUTHENTIC is the second exhibition in the FLOURISHING series, featuring Maanii Oakes and Richard Harlow. Hailing from opposite sides of the country, these two artists converge to present work illustrating the inescapable impact of one’s environments, natural and human. SOMEWHERE WE STAY AUTHENTIC offers the audience glimpses into the artists’ efforts to navigate potentially overwhelming terrain, negotiating their own versions of landscapes in which they are able to thrive. We can never truly escape our past or the forces that have brought us to the here and now, but perhaps in looking honestly and unflinchingly at who and where we are, we open ourselves up to the potential of co-creating of what will be.