Shawna Kiesman was born June 1st 1989, in Prince Rupert, BC and was raised in Victoria, BC. Her mother is Tsimshian/Nisga’a and her father is Haida/German. Before attending The Frieda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, Shawna graduated with two diplomas from Blanche Macdonald. Shawna is now currently attending Emily Carr University of Art + Design to gain her Bachelors in visual arts.
“As a female first-nation artist, I want to create artwork that is an expression of myself and my culture. That is how our ancestors told their stories. I want to continue their stories and start creating my own. Being in this modern society, there is so many distractions that are consuming our attention. I want my artwork to get people to stop, and be inspired. I have started to learn how to express myself and my culture through my pieces. I hope people can connect to them in their own way, may it heal them or even inspire them to connect to their own heritage.”
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