I aspire to reassert Indigenous identity with a reclamation that challenges popular stereotypes. Using both traditional and contemporary techniques, I use everyday objects and materials in my multidisciplinary practice. For example, in Native Beating, I stitched some white and red glass seed beads onto a baseball bat with an illustrated map of Canada / blood splatter pattern. The title is a play on words between beating and beading and it’s about the violence of colonization.
Mike Patten is a visual artist of the Sakimay First Nation in Saskatchewan, currently living in Montreal.http://www.mikepatten.ca/