We are proud to celebrate the 2023 winning haiku with this unique Haiku Exhibition with commissioned pieces by Japanese-Canadian, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh artists.
Arleigh Endo Wood
I am a mixed media artist working in East Vancouver. While my main practice is painting, I have experience working with murals and graphic design. You can see my mural work at the Birkenstock flagship store on West 4th and at the Royal Centre downtown. My paintings are in private and corporate collections as well as in galleries.
Themes in my work include home, memory, climate change and exploring my Japanese-Canadian heritage.
Being raised by strong, resilient, and proud people in the Musqueam village has shaped all aspects of my life as an Indigenous artist.
The knowledge passed down from generations before me, along with my experience and insight gained in my various studies have given me a unique perspective that has informed my work in the arts, business, and decolonial practice.
My motivation in a professional capacity and beyond is to create space for Indigenous people, culture, politics, and knowledge, while always contributing to my community.
Míkw’achi7m | Marissa Nahanee
Nuu chayap men wa ha7lh,
Míkw’achi7m kwin kwshámin,
Marissa Nahanee kwi en sna,
Tiná7 chen tl’a Esla7án Úxwumixw,
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh chen iy Nisga’a chen,
An wenáxws ten sḵwálwen.
Greetings to all of you and I hope you are well,
Míkw’achi7m is my true name,
Marissa Nahanee is my English name,
I come from the Esla7án Village in North Vancouver, B.C.,
I am from the Squamish and Nisga’a Nations, I am honoured to be here.
In Squamish protocol, I have introduced myself to you so that you know who I am, and where I come from. I am a third-generation artist on both sides of my family, and through art I connect with my ancestors and bring them into our modern way, carrying our teachings and protocol forward. My grandfather taught me that art is an unspoken collaboration between viewer and artist. When creating art, I think of you, the viewer, and infuse you into the piece. As you experience my art, we are creating something beautiful together that will become a piece of both of our stories.
About the Artist | Míkw’achi7m | Marissa Nahanee
Marissa Nahanee is a Squamish and Nisga’a artist living in Esla7án (North Vancouver). She is a member of the Eagle Clan. Her artistic focus is on carrying tra- ditional teachings and protocol into the modern world through her art, bringing lessons of humility, generosity and respect. The granddaughter of Chief Chester Moors O.B.C. and the daughter of Latash Maurice Nahanee, Marissa grew up surrounded by art and has been an artist since a young age. As an adult, Marissa graduated from the Art Institute of Vancouver and Native Education College specializing in Northwest coast graphics. She also studied under the mentorship of many teachers, including Dorothy Grant, Robert Tait, Trevor Angus and Shawn Evanshaw. Marissa draws inspiration from her Ancestors and Elders and continues to perfect her art, melding traditional styles with modern platforms. She practises Coast Salish and Northern formline.
I am a Tsleil-Waututh Nation artist, born and raised in North Vancouver. My favourite mediums are acrylic paint on canvas and producing digital designs. After attaining a Graphic Design diploma I have been able to create many designs and logos. A couple recent projects were medal designs for HSBC Canada Sevens Rugby, painted mural projects with Vancouver Mural Festival and to be announced Public Art with the District of North Vancouver. Being a self-taught Coast Salish artist, I always strive to represent a story, animal, brand, or any special meaning with creativity, honour, and respect. Drawing inspiration from traditional beliefs, modern elements and nature.
Pia Yona Massie
Pia Yona Massie is a Japanese / Scottish multi-media artist, environmental activist, and teacher. Deep gratitude to be living on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, in this beautiful place where her Japanese grandfather raised her Mama, before
World War 2. Loving both cherry trees and haikus, it a great honor to be a part of this festival.
Massie’s films and art have been exhibited in museums, festivals, and galleries throughout North America and Europe, including The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne; and the grunt gallery, MÓNICA REYES GALLERY and Gallery 881 in Vancouver, BC. Massie’s writing has appeared in: DAMP: Contemporary Vancouver Media Art;
Foret-Frontiere : Une Action Art / Nature; as well as The Bulletin, Adbusters and Ricepaper magazines. At this moment, forty years of her work is being brought online for a special collections archive by VIVO Media Arts.
Born and raised in Tokyo, now residing in Vancouver Canada. Taking influences from those totally different environment to create the unique style of artworks. Scattered abstract elements composed of neon colour, neutral colour, newsprint and photo collage etc assemble into organic shapes, to find out strong true energy among real and unreal. Those scattered various elements in abstraction are the representation of our environment, existence, daily life, current affairs, information, and each person’s passion, energy etc. Through the adventure between reality and abstraction, you may be able to find your own dynamo to start bright day with beautiful people.