For as long as people have lived in the Yukon, they have interpreted their surrounding world through story-telling and visual art forms. Today it is to this natural world that Faye turns to for her designs and inspiration with fur, quills, fish scales and antler as some of her muses.
The legacy of our elders resonates strongly through the creations of northern artists today. Faye fines herself drawing heavily on the artistic forms, techniques and teachings of “those that came before” to portray the intimate relationship between land and people. Every medium has its own distinct and special nature. Faye’s artistic journey is an ongoing self-discovery process and a reflection of her heritage, lifestyle and contemporary experiences.
As traditional arts have continued to evolve over the generations through ingenuity, necessity and innovation, she too endeavours to bring a new voice to ancient mediums. Many of my pieces have both an Indigenous undertone and a contemporary edge. Blending traditional motifs and techniques with novel forms challenges and inspires Faye and hopefully the viewer as well.
She believes traditional fine arts keep cultures strong and remains this way through sharing teachings passed down through generations. It is in this spirit that she partakes at Yukon arts festivals and gatherings, sharing our rich northern culture with visitors.
Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association
1-1109 Front Street (White Pass Building)
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A-5G4