Morgan is a mixed settler Metis-Cree and Chippewa artist who grew up in Treaty 7 Calgary and spent much of their childhood and university years in Atlantic Canada. They are a researcher, writer, and curator based in Calgary, Alberta and rurally in Prince Edward Island. They hold a BFA from NSCAD university, and have since attended numerous residencies at locations such as the Indigenous Haute Couture residency at the Banff Centre for arts and creativity and the Icelandic Textile Centre open studio residency. Morgan has also undertaken multiple large scale public art commissions, such as a community beadwork project for the Calgary Public Library’s Indigenous Placemaking Initiative, and a curatorial craft research project on the creation of a fish skin tanning industry in Mi'kma'ki.
Morgan creates imaginative, illustrative objects, curatorial projects, and writings that fill their own gaps in their Indigenous knowledge and narrative due to colonization and the foster care system. This knowledge and narratives are not an absolute truth but one possible narrative among many; a way to connect with the past and ancestors through layers of abstraction with no right or wrong answer. What matters is not accurately recreating the lost past, but to capture an inner truth and possible alternative realities through modern interpretations. In a sense, creating culture from a series of “what-ifs”, a place where remembering and mis-remembering are equally valued, with a visceral inner-compass and community consultation to guide the “correct” path forward.
Morgan uses productive misunderstandings as a way to fill in cultural gaps due to intergenerational trauma and the foster care system with new - perhaps it's better to create new rather than to allow parts of ourselves and our culture to die. They create objects which have agency and are a part of an Indigenous based worldview and oral history- each object and its associated material qualities are a part of a narrative meant to fill in the lost gaps in Indigenous culture and knowledge due to colonization and genocide.
Through this research, exploration, and consultation process, they aim to connect with knowledge keepers and other Indigenous creatives in an effort to glue together traditional Indigenous craft lineages, traditional Indigenous mentorship, and foster new community connections. They prioritize sharing and creating opportunities for other Indigenous and BIPOC / 2SLGBT creatives, and focus on creating projects which allow other, less experienced creatives to collaborate and build community.
My studio is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and rurally in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
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