PAWATAMIHK is the aesthetic product of a culture plagued by trauma and resurgence in late colonialism.
Rihkee’s work juxtaposes Norval Morrisseau’s Woodland style of painting with Vaporwave, a micro culture of the internet from the 2010s, exploring what it can mean for young people raised in colonized families to reconnect with their indigenous culture, while also considering one of the many impacts of the internet. “If you have no understanding, you might find yourself consulting grandmother google, producing a myriad of ‘fake news’ or teachings not of your territory.”
Rihkee Strapp is a multidisciplinary artist based in Baawating / Sault Ste. Marie.