Artist Statement

Winona is a visual artist and member of the We Wai Kai Nation of Quadra Island on the coast of British Columbia.  Currently, she is in her first year of her Bachelor of Fine Arts, completing her Foundations in Indigenous Fine Arts at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, British Columbia.

Winona’s photographic work is intimate, momentary and transient; reflecting the beauty and moments of truth, vulnerability and authenticity in her subject. Winona’s distinctive style, aesthetic and tone in her photography translate to her videography and extend from the photographic portrait to study experimental concepts of memory, connection and loss. through language, story and movement.

Currently, Winona is publishing her first collection of photographs and working on her film, Awakening, while she’s studying Indigenous art and exploring new, traditional forms of art and practice at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, British Columbia.

 

  Self-portrait, 2014

Self-portrait, 2014



Biography

Winona first started working with film in the darkroom when she was in high school (2007) and rediscovered her interest in film photography later in the summer of 2017.  In 2012, she was part of a community photography project and two of her images were selected to be published in the second edition of This is East Van.  While studying at Capilano University in North Vancouver, British Columbia (2013), she discovered her interest in documentary film and found her passion for art, beauty and documentary that would shape the rest of her life.

Winona’s first experience as a videographer was at a youth climate justice movement (PowerShift BC 2013), where youth across Canada gathered in Victoria, British Columbia to learn, collaborate and take action on climate change, Indigenous rights and a sustainable future for Canada.  Following that, Winona worked freelance as a photographer and videographer on various projects and promotional work in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.  In 2016, she worked as a newborn photographer at the B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In late 2017, Winona decided to return to the Okanagan after living on the coast to focus on her health and travel.  In the year she was living there, she discovered the En’owkin Centre and was inspired to return to school for her Bachelor of Fine Arts.