Grand Rapids, MN
Leah Yellowbird identifies strongly with her First Nations Algonquin-Metis and Anishinaabe heritage. Yellowbird describes her progress in the context of survival; painting and beading are like breathing to her. She draws inspiration from the traditional art forms of her ancestors while adding a modern voice to the imagery, the result of which evokes a sense of nostalgia and wonder. Her work is a visual manifestation of time - each dot embodying a moment and a prayer. Using precision, pressure and symmetry, her pointillistic style leaves viewers humbled and curious -- they walk away having seen something that they've never seen before.