Artist Bio

Whess Harman (they/them pronouns) is mixed race, trans/non-binary queer/2SQ artist from the Carrier Wit'at Nation and a graduate of the emily carr university’s bachelor of fine arts program. 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 beadwork and DIY strategies around punk aesthetics creating the “Potlatch Punk” series; a collection of modified and embellished jackets that blend traditional materials with punk and DIY approaches to discuss urban Indigenous identity, representations and understandings of wealth. Their poetry and text-based projects continually seek to explore the possibilities of reciprocal engagement in the dialogue and aim to subvert and confront the assumptions made in consuming Indigenous voices and work.

They are also currently writing and drawing a webcomic: cryboy is about queer Indigenous folk in a future long past the fall of late capitalism. the memories of the past have been recollected, restored and evolved and the nations of Turtle Island have found new ways to thrive. But the land, the water, the air; they’re holding echoes of histories not finished.