Artist Bio

Whess Harman (they/them pronouns) is a Carrier Wit’at/mixed race, trans/non-binary queer/2SQ artist. They graduated from the emily carr university’s bachelor of fine arts program in 2014. They are currently living and working on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations in the Skwachays Lodge artist residency program.

Their on-going work includes beading and DIY strategies around punk aesthetics creating the “Potlatch Punk” series; a collection of modified and embellished jackets that blend traditional materials with punk aesthetics to discuss urban Indigenous identity, resistance, visibility and understandings of wealth. Their poetry and text-based projects seek to explore the possibilities of reciprocal engagement in dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous experience and aims to subvert and confront the assumptions made in consuming Indigenous voices and work.

They make zines about dating badly, queer and trans identity, and are also currently writing and drawing a comic, cryboy.