‘i am Rock..;’

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‘i am Rock..;’ digital photo, 2021

Jessilyn Leckie is a settler who grew up and who currently resides, on the traditional and unceded territories of the Sinixt, the Syilx, and the Ktunaxa peoples in what is now known as Nelson, British Columbia.

Leckie’s past work has incorporated ideas about innate intelligence, the collective unconscious, dualism, the ‘divine’ feminine, imagination, intuition, meditation, healing and magic…

In the work titled, ‘i am Rock.” Leckie explores what Donna Haraway refers to in her article titled, Making Kin in the Chthulucene as “coming alongside” an other-than-human in a process of deconstructing the colonial paradigm of the nature/human divide.

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“I have always been inspired by art as life”

Jessilyn Leckie is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in fiber art, theater design and most recently, early childhood education.

An on-going theme Leckie likes to explore is ‘time’; due to its complicated history being inherently created as a tool for the use of capitalism. In past work she has attempted to interrupt time as a protest towards capitalism and the destruction it has caused. “I enjoy disrupting constructs such as this that we take for granted and that therefore should be endlessly challenged. In particular, I like challenging the concept of the nuclear family our north american culture has created; driven by capitalist gain supporting misogyny and by default perpetuating asymmetrical power dynamics; causing trauma through toxic masculinity.” Turning towards natural rhythms and cycles are more interesting for Leckie in ways that time in a non-linear sense explore while simultaneously rebelling against capitalism as projected law.

Her ongoing work lies in one-of-a-kind sticker making “this work keeps me inspired.” For Leckie stickers inspire the collective unconscious and she is particularly drawn to art making channeled from ‘the source’ in this unconscious format. “I also work with children (who I believe are closer to this ‘source’) doing art in outdoor/indoor schools and believe in inspiring art and nature in today’s youth. I am also interested in this work for my own personal growth due to its meditative and integral ‘nature’. One day I hope to host an artist-run art residence/forest camp for kids and artists on traditional and unceded Sinixt territory.” – jessilyn leckie

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