Doctoral student Tess McCoy has been invited to present a paper at the Inuit Studies Conference 2022: Auviqsaqtut in June in Winnipeg, Canada. Her paper “’From the Body, Land, Sea and Air:’ Collaboration Knows No Bounds,” looks at the distance residency between two contemporary Circumpolar Indigenous artists, Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Iñupiaq/Athabaskan/ Irish/German) and Maureen Gruben (Inuvialuk). These two artists, although physically apart, worked together and separately to create artworks that represented their relationships to each other, to the enduring relationships between Circumpolar Indigenous peoples, and connections to the land, waters, and the more-than-human as a way to demonstrate cultural sovereignty and collective responsibility in Indigenous Arctic communities.
Tess has received the Department of Art History’s Helen J. Beard Conference Travel Grant to help support her travel to Winnipeg to share this research with an audience of scholars, artists, activists, and community members.