Justin Sappier, a Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy)-Wolastoqey (Maliseet) woodcarver who lives in Island View, New Brunswick, is using his aboriginal arts and crafts, particularly woodcarving, to educate the world on Wabanaki (East Coast) aboriginal culture. Born in Perth Andover, but originally from the Passamaquoddy area, Justin carves to empower the local native culture and to bring it pride and recognition.
“I work with wood for the connection to Mother Earth. When I carve, the feel and the smell of the wood grounds me. The experience brings me closer to my roots and helps me understand the history of my people in a more personalized, experience-driven way. Woods ability to be manipulated makes it a perfect medium to explore three-dimensional art. Being able to take a cut log that most in today’s society would throw in a fire, and instead use it to create art, is a way to be both reconnect our society with nature and to raise awareness of aboriginal history on the east coast.”
Justin Sappier’s participation in SOFA 2018 was made possible by Gallery on Queen, Fredericton, New Brunswick.