In order to understand my work, it’s important to understand where I came from. I was born and raised in NW Montana, on the Flathead Indian reservation. I identify as mixed blood; my father was Bitterroot Salish and Q'lispe' and my mother was the daughter of non-Indigenous settlers who moved to the reservation in the 1920s when the US Government opened it up for land sales.
I grew up with access to these two different worlds and my work reflects this. Through this dual growing up experience, I learned both Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of seeing and making. My work explores my liminal identity and experiences as a mixed blood person, fusing Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of seeing and making in order to navigate the space between.