Lianne Marie Leda Charlie
The other day, I was showing a friend my artwork and she asked, “How do you make it? What’s your process?” This is always a fun question to answer because it gives me an opportunity reflect on my work in ways I don’t usually do.
I mostly work with digital media. I reference photographs of people, like my family in “Kids Outside Lowerpost | Kids on the Land” or myself and my baby like in “Ìne | Mother.” I usually add bold colours or digitally collage photographs or digitally draw in lines using a pen tablet. The line work is my favourite element. The lines can represent different things. In “Justice for Tina Fontaine” on the back cover, for example, I use lines to capture all the love for Tina, all the lives she has touched, and all the people who are holding her up. Even though Tina is standing alone in the image, the lines pull her (and us) out of isolation and connect us all together. This was important for me to depict, especially during this difficult time as we, Indigenous Peoples – especially, Indigenous women and girls – continue to confront colonial violences in overt and covert forms. Indigenous Peoples have been resisting colonial violences since the moment they started. As such, I also aim to celebrate our survivance and strength as protectors of our land and water in my work. See, for example, “Tagé Sahelin | Bend in a River.” Here, I try to capture our deep, ancestral connection to water. It’s possible to see across these five images the central and life-giving force of Indigenous women, and our innate connection to land and water, and, most importantly, to each other. ◉ (Top image: “Ìmaya | Baby’s Mother’s Sister, Auntie”)
Lianne Marie Leda Charlie is a descendant of the Tagé Cho Hudän (Big River People), Northern Tutchone speaking people of the Yukon. She is the granddaughter of Leda Jimmy of Little Salmon River and Big Salmon Charlie of Big Salmon River on her dad’s side and Donna Olsen of Denmark and Benjamin Larusson of Iceland on her mother’s side. She was born in Whitehorse, Yukon to her mother, Luanna Larusson, and late father, Peter Charlie. Lianne is a Political Science instructor at Yukon Collage in Whitehorse, Yukon, and aPhD Candidate in Indigenous Politics at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. More of Lianne’s work is on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlesalmonwoman.