Emma Hassencahl-Perley is Wolastoqiyik (people of the beautiful, bountiful river), commonly known as Maliseet. Originally from Tobique First Nation, she currently resides in Fredericton, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University (’17).
Emma’s artwork explores themes of legislative identity, the truth about our shared history between Indigenous nations and the Settler state and society of Canada and her own identity as a Wolastoqiyik woman. Her art practice is rooted in painting and printmaking, however, in recent years she has shifted towards installation, beadwork, textiles and performance on top of her usual creation methods.
Hassencahl-Perley has exhibited in venues such as the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in Moncton, the Government house in Fredericton, Start Gallery in Sackville, the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg and the Roundhouse Gallery in Vancouver, BC.
Emma Hassencahl is currently an emerging Curator at Beaverbrook Art Gallery a Former Indigenous Affairs Coordinator at Mount Allison University specializing in painting and printmaking. Hassencahl was also asked to be New Brunswick’s representative on a team of 13 artists from across the country who created a collaborative mosaic that was unveiled during the Winnipeg’s Nuit Blanche, an annual all-night celebration of contemporary art. The mosaic took the shape of the Canada 150 logo, with each artist contributing one block of the maple leaf. Hassencahl is interested in law and is looking at possibly attending law school in the future, but also plans to go on to complete a Master’s in Fine Arts.
Her participation in SOFA 2018 was made possible by Gallery on Queen, Fredericton, New Brunswick.