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Angel Baribeau

Visual Arts:
Sculpture | Paintings | Recycled Art, Body Art
Performing Arts:
Music | Theatre | Poetry, Singing/Songwriting
Traditional & Contemporary:
Beadwork | Printmaking | Sewing, Embroidery
Multidisciplinary Arts:
Literature | Multimedia | Storytelling | Video

Location: Mistissini


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Short description of your art.

As a multi-disciplinary artist, all the art I create, I do so in hopes that my work reflects myself and my surroundings. My main mediums are Singing/Songwriting, Poetry, Body Art, and Recycled Art. All of which I use to convey my hopes, fears, and realities. I have been singing since I was old enough to sing in car rides. I started writing lyrics and poetry when I realized I had more to say than what other's song permitted me to do. Music is what I am most passionate about, I use it as a platform to voice the struggles I have encountered as an Indigenous, Two Spirited person. I work toward creating content that will inspire my fellow youth; as well as educate them on of the realities and responsibilities of being an Indigenous person in today's political climate. I use my storytelling abilities to share the traditional legends that were given to me by my Mother. I do this to demonstrate to youth that our culture is still strong and that we have to actively work to keep it that way.

Where did you learn your art?

During High School, I took part in an Arts Concentration Program called Mikw Chiyam. This program allowed me to work with Professional Artists that expanded my knowledge around different mediums. During my three years in this program, I learned practices such as; Screen Printing, Painting, Performing, Collage, Transfers, Songwriting, Singing, Poetry, Dance, Theater, Story Writing, Zine Making, Book Binding, Spray Painting, Block Printing, and Stencil Cutting. I also learned how to sew from my years of taking Cree Culture Classes while growing up in Mistissini and living in Chisasibi. I also learned to bead from none other than Saige Mukash, Jessica Canard and Cedar-Eve Peters (all multi-talented Artist and Beaders).

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I find inspiration for my works from the incredible people and artists I have been blessed with knowing. I am also heavily influenced by other Indigenous Artists/Musicians/Groups like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Craig Edes (The Northwest Kid), Rex Smallboy, Willie Dunn, Drezus, The NorthStars, Mob Bounce, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Ila Barker, Cindy Paul, Shibastik, Peatr Thomas, Natasia Mukash, Matthew Iserhoff, Saige Mukash, Ceder-Eve Peters, Jessica Canard, Moneca St Clair, and Dee Barsy. I also pull inspiration from my home, Mistissini, and the people that I grew up knowing, my friends, and my family. Mistissini has seen the best and worst of my art making abilities and I know that it will never stop being the source of my artistic muses. It's provided me with both positive and negative experiences that helped shape me into the young artistic Woman I am today. The Lakes and rivers are also a recurring theme within my art. From lyrics, paintings, to beaded works, Mistissini has given me many subjects and reasons to create.

Have you received any formal training?

I graduated from the Mikw Chiyam Arts Concentration Program in 2017.

What other art forms do you practice?

As stated in the second question, I practice Screen Printing, Painting, Performing, Collage, Transfers, Songwriting, Singing, Poetry, Dance, Performance, Story Writing, Zine Making, Book Binding, Spray Painting, Block Printing, Sewing, Recycled Art, Body Art, Storytelling, Beading, and Stencil Cutting. I also dabble in Video and Literature.

Have you ever received any awards or special recognition?

I received a Certificate of Achievement for completing the Mikw Chiyam Art Program in 2017. In 2016, I was voted Best Artist (Female) in The Nation's piece "The Best of James Bay" and received the Arts Award by the Mistissini Youth Council.

Do you sell your work? If so, How?

I have yet to sell any works but I have given them as gifts.

Has your art work ever been mentioned in any media?

I have been featured and/or mentioned in the Nation Magazine, CBC News, JBCCS, City TV News, and Indigifi.org,

Please provide any other information you would like to mention.

I am currently working on my first album.