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Tyler K. Stent & Sophie C. Violette - 'Windigo Appetite'

Original Watercolour and gouache on canvas.
900mm W x 1300mm H
 

About the Artwork: 'Windigo Appetite'
As described by Robin Wall Kimmerer, the Windigo is a legendary monster of her Anishinaabe people. When Tyler read Kimmerer's book, Braiding Sweetgrass, he was struck by her story of the Windigo and what it represents to her culture. According to Kimmerer a Windigo is created when an individual's indulgent self-interest compromises the well-being of the greater community. The guilty individual, whose selfishness and greed put everybody at risk would be an outcast - doomed never to enter the spirit world and to suffer 'the eternal pain of need, its essence a hunger that will never be sated'. In times of great hunger, this tale 'reinforced the taboo against cannibalism.'

Kimmerer notes that the 'indulgent self-interest that (her) people once held to be monstrous is now celebrated as a success.' For Tyler, as he was reading Kimmerer's words, he was shocked at the realisation that many of his role models and the values he'd worked hard to ingrain into his ethics were akin to the Windigo. Particularly Windigo's insatiable appetite - the notion that enough is never enough - was a mode in himself that Tyler used frequently to feed his ambition.

After a panic attack in the bathtub - for Tyler recognised himself as a Windigo - he got to work with Cultural Anthropologist, Sophie-Claire Violette in processing and producing their new piece Windigo Appetitewhich is part of their impact-driven series, Artemisia Vulgaris: Confronting Objectification.

About the Artist:
Tyler Kenndy Stent (b. 1997) has exhibited his artwork since 2014 in Marlborough, Dunedin, Spain, and London alongside artists in residence stays. 
His public artwork gained notoriety through his mural of Ed Sheran in Dunedin when the musician played there. His most recent mural is located at Dunedin airport and features Kuao Langsbury ONZM and HRH Prince Charles at the Royal Albatross Colony at Pukekura, Otago Peninsula 6th March 2005. His approach to outdoor murals is similar to his studio works by using watercolour as his main material. This poses challenges, as rain and watercolours don't bode well together, so Tyler uses a specific primer for the watercolour to adhere to, then a heavy varnish to ensure it's protection from the elements.

Sophie-Claire Violette is a Creole cultural and visual anthropologist.

She uses her anthropological lens to create and amplify emotionally resonant and subversive cultural projects and strategies. She often works inter-disciplinarily. Her goal is to encourage change-makers and their communities to challenge their cultural biases, think differently about the social world they are part of and how they can make a positive difference that is relevant to the larger cultural challenges and social issues we face.

She is currently building her studio in Christchurch and hopes to deploy anthropology in spaces where it hasn’t been traditionally leveraged to disrupt status quos and catalyse change.

Price: 4,500.00 NZD