Aurora Wolfe, Artist – Saskatoon

(photo: Chris Putnam)

Aurora Wolfe is a multimedia artist, researcher, and musician of Cree (Beardies and Okemasis Cree Nation) and Scottish descent. Her work centres on the relationships between Indigeneity and institutions, teasing out stories that have been overshadowed by the dominant colonial narrative. She explores dynamic relationality and creates art that generates acts of kinship with the past, present, and future. She moves between many mediums, such as painting, sculpture, beadwork, and music, and has recently focused on the relationships between Indigenous bodies and the land, niska (geese) as a symbol for Indigenous complexities, and the blending of traditional beadwork with other forms of art making. Her exhibition my body is the river that shapes the ground before you was chosen as one of ten winners of the International Sculpture Center’s 2023 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. It will be on view at AKA in Saskatoon from January 19 to March 1.

  1. Braiding Sweetgrass

I’m only halfway through, but this masterpiece by Robin Wall Kimmerer beautifully weaves together narrative, science, and theory, making it a truly delightful read. It connects to my current work, which explores the impacts of pastoral farming on Indigenous species through the lens of Coyote.

  1. Baking powder biscuits

Butter chaos. January 8, 2024

In my opinion the most underrated of all pastry. A little sweet, a little salty, and a ton of soft pillowy goodness. My grandmother taught me how to bake these when I was just a wee one, making them a nostalgic fave.

  1. Snow sounds (or lack there-of)

Fresh tracks. January 16, 2024

After months of an amazingly temperate winter, snow has finally returned to my corner of the Prairies. The crunch when it’s cold, the scrape of shovels on pavement, and the insulating effect that makes the nights feel particularly silent have me feeling grateful for the frigid temps.

  1. River systems

The South Saskatchewan River. Google Maps. 2023

I’ve been feeling inspired by the movement of river systems and the way that they meander over time, leaving impressions on the earth around them. If you are familiar with the physics of rivers, you can see both where they once were and where they are going. I’ve been thinking about the land in this way as counter-evidence for the erasure of Indigenous women from the dominant colonial narrative.

  1. Wool processing

Bryan and Bonesaw helping me clean wool. August 9, 2023

Even though I grew up on a sheep farm, I haven’t incorporated wool into my practice… until now. Recently, I have become interested in the process of cleaning and refining wool for my sculptural work. The smell and texture of the wool take me back to my childhood, and I’m fascinated by its ability to hold heat and repel water.