In collaboration with the yǝhaẃ exhibition at King Street Station, the Seattle Art Museum presents an artist residency that will activate the Olympic Sculpture Park throughout the winter and help grow the artistic practice of contemporary Pacific Northwest Native artists.
When I think of Indigenous land and space, I think of subsistence . . . Honoring the land can look like many things, for us, it often looks like intergenerational tradition of skin-sewing. For this piece, we chose to focus on the evolution of Native materials, inner-skins and outer-skins, to stitch an intestinal window into our shared histories.
– Christine Babic
Multi-disciplinary artist Christine Babic (Chugach Alutiiq) will take residence at the Olympic Sculpture Park to research, workshop, and realize a site-specific project with collaborators Mary Babic (Chugach Alutiiq) and Alex Britt (Nansemond/White). SKIN SEWERS is an immersive piece exploring connections to land, as well as the gap between contemporary and traditional Indigenous works. This Art Encounter will include a stich demonstration, performed by Christine and Mary Babic, and an opportunity for participants to add to the installation.
About the Artists
Christine Babic is a multi-disciplinary contemporary Indigenous artist. Born and raised in the rural fishing community Cordova, Alaska, her work explores geographical heritage, colonial discourse, and her Chugach Alutiiq identity. Indigenous materials play a heavy role in Christine’s work creating a dialogue around authenticity and the politics of language.
Feb 22Winter in the Park: Art Encounter