Krystle Coughlin Silverfox, Artist – Vancouver

Krystle Coughlin Silverfox is a contemporary Northern Tutchone artist. She holds a BA in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (2013) and BFA in Visual arts (2016) both from the University of British Columbia, and a MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies (2019) from Simon Fraser University.  Her work combines traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast First Nations art within a visual arts practice. She finds inspiration through the land and her own experiences and as an Urban Indigenous woman living as a guest on unceded Coast Salish territories. She has been a finalist for the 2018 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, the 2019 Salt Spring National Art Prize, and in 2018 and 2020 for the Phillip Lind Emerging Artist Prize. She is one of eight artists included in the Yukon Arts Centre’s Emerging North exhibition, which is on display until August 28 and currently open to the public.

  1. Vegetable gardening

I am absolutely obsessed with growing veggies and herbs. Gardening helps me to practice patience and plan ahead. This year with the coronavirus outbreak, gardening has given me piece of mind as a source of food security. Currently on my tiny apartment balcony I am growing tomatoes, broccoli, peas, spinach, lettuce, beans, blackberries, kale, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, carrots, garlic, dill, strawberries, zucchini, peppers, basil, chives, chamomile, and lavender.  Recently, I have been interested in learning more about traditional First Nations use of plants as medicines and for holistic health.

  1. Painting

Painting is probably my favorite media to play with. Painting gives me space to think, grieve, and express myself. It has been an integral part of my artistic practice and a part of who I am. All of my clothes have paint on them despite my best efforts.

  1. Public art + street art

I love public art, especially murals and graffiti. Public art really gives a community its identity and soul.

  1. Travelling + tourism

Experiences gained while travelling are priceless. And who doesn’t wanna do cheesy tourist activities! I love planning trips, packing, and not knowing what to expect. Bonus points if the destination has a vibrant public arts community and a good swimming pool.

  1. Water

Beaches, lakes, oceans, creeks, rain. Water is life. Every moment I get to spend with water in nature is incredibly grounding – the sound of a downpour, the smell of rain in the air, the rhythm of ocean waves. Water honours us.