“My practice seeks out the edges where the familiar becomes strange, and the strange becomes familiar.”
I question the distinction between being an artist and a Haida artist. This question significantly influences my approach, and leads me to be very aware about the role of ethnicity in art. My practice seeks out the edges where the familiar becomes strange, and the strange becomes familiar. Here the spaces are not any single identity but a blend of multiple ethnicities.
I believe Artists and Art can create powerful and playful ways of viewing and engaging with social issues when inviting participation, dialogue, reflection and action. My work relates a world view that while particular to Haida Gwaii is also relevant to a contemporary and internationally engaged audience.
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a Haida artist living in West Vancouver, B.C.