Chantal Polchies

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SALMON FISHING BELT
SALMON FISHING BELT
SALMON FISHING BELT DETAIL 2
SALMON FISHING BELT DETAIL 2
THE FOX WHO STOLE FIRE
THE FOX WHO STOLE FIRE
OWL GUARDIAN
OWL GUARDIAN

ARTIST PROFILE

Chantal Polchies grew up on the Woodstock First Nation reserve in New Brunswick, Canada. In 2014, she began her studies in the Aboriginal Visual Arts program at NBCCD. After her foundation year, she went into the Jewellery/Metal Arts program from which she graduated in 2017, and came back for the Advanced Studio Practice. During this Advanced Studio Practice year, Polchies explored 3D printing and design, clothes construction, and the reinterpretation of historical wampum belts.

ARTIST STATEMENT

This series was based off of traditional wampum belts. Historically, wampum belts were used for a variety of different purposes which include performing spiritual ceremonies, maintaining family relationships, making marriage proposals, and forming alliances or treaties with Europeans. The chased and repoussed portion of the belt is based off of Aboriginal cave drawings which often depicted life and stories, which when drawn together with the wampum belt convey a stronger story to me as well as adding a more modern take on the traditional piece. I was inspired by my heritage and I wanted to combine metal and beadwork together in a way that connects with my culture and my preferred artistic practices.

Chantal Polchies, 2018