Falling (from a higher place)
Stay still, take your time
NISSING is a durational digital artwork, where the viewer can watch as the sugar sculpture unfolds, melts and falls apart gradually over time. The work delve into themes of identity and erasure, particularly in relation to the ongoing colonial genocide of BIPOC communities in Canada. My approach involves creating sculptures with sugar molds that capture intricate human skin details while obscuring each face with brownish-red hues, deliberately homogenizing the casts' physical appearances to generate an ambiguous collective identity. My use of sugar practices, molding, and casting serves as a medium for conversation with my ancestors, and I utilize the forms to represent the countless missing and murdered individuals whose identities have been erased.
Through the accumulation of numerous sugar layers, my sculptures address familial, ancestral, and geological compositions, taking inspiration from the geological hoodoos found in badlands. These structures are made up of sedimentary rock layers that have accumulated over millions of years, and my sculptures aesthetically allude to this metamorphic process. By doing so, they pay tribute to the longstanding lineage and connection to the land that Indigenous Peoples have established, which is built upon a rich history of human and environmental layers predating European colonization.
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