Chantal Polchies grew up on the Woodstock First Nation
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