I make art because it’s my way of paying respect to the past by way of telling a visual story. Storytelling is very important to me. Stories of heritage, identity and personal experience are explored in my art. The oral tradition of storytelling is important to the preservation of the evolving Anishinabe culture.
I like to think my art helps keep stories alive for future generations to come. I remember the stories my grandmother would tell. She would tell stories deeply rooted in family history and background. Whether it’s a story from my grandmother or from my father, stories come from all over my community and beyond. I use these narratives to create my images. I hold the highest regard for storytellers. A good storyteller can evoke tears and laughter.
Christian Chapman is an Anishinabe visual artist from Fort William First Nation.