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Jossée Bernier


Visual Arts:
Paintings | Photography | Graphic Design
Performing Arts:
Music | Theatre | Dance | Singer/Songwriter
Multidisciplinary Arts:
Storytelling | Video | Multimedia
Traditional & Contemporary:
Traditional Knowledge Object | Traditional Embroidery & Sewing | Printmaking
Location: Ouje-Bougoumou
Website: https://www.facebook.com/jossee.bernier/

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Short description of your art.

Art is an essential extension of who I am and the way I interpret the world around me. This includes anything from sound, movement to visual art. Although singing and painting are my most dominant practices, I am drawn to anything that allows me creative control. Depending on the medium I am using, most of my art reflects the land, ethereal interpretations of the universe, and Cree identity.

Where did you learn your art?

A majority of my art has been self taught. This includes playing the piano, guitar, singing, painting/drawing, and photography. In recent years I have had the opportunity to learn screen printing, water colour painting as well as traditional Cree art such as tamarack making and sewing. All traditional Cree art such as sewing and embroidery were taught by elders in my community through cultural programs. I also spent 4 months learning dance, theatre arts and storytelling with the Aanmitaagzi Big Medicine Studio located in Nipissing first nation in Ontario in 2017. Due to the nature of the work, this allowed me to develop essential skills in vocal training, movement, stage management, set/costume design and stage performance. I was very fortunate enough to be able to work alongside incredibly talented individuals and professionals.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I find a lot of inspiration for my work from other talented artists and the land. Many pieces I have created are deeply personal and often come from visions, whereas some are more experimental and whimsical. I also draw a lot of inspiration from traditional Cree embroidery patterns and sewing. I am most inspired by the universe and where I come from.

Have you ever received any awards or special recognition?

I have received a 'Woman in Creative Arts & Music' award at the Ouje-Bougoumou's Women's gala in 2019, a Youth Achievement Award for Artistic Talent’s from the Petaapin Youth Centre and was previously nominated for the "Rising Star Award" from CNACA which I did not receive but was honoured to have been nominated for.

Do you sell your work? If so, how?

Yes, I sell most of my art work online through social media or word of mouth. People who are seeking musical performances often contact me directly. I mainly sell my paintings to Entities in the community, community members (living in and off reserve), and friends and family who wish to buy pieces from me. In the future, I would like expand my artist practices by selling prints and designing clothing with my artwork.