About the Artist

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Pauline Johnson is a Cree artist from Maskwacis, Alberta who works in a variety of mediums from print media, sculpture and installations. A graduate of Concordia University in Montreal she has focused on comic books and zines. She explores the use of storytelling methods from comic books and graphic novels. Many of the stories she writes are drawn from the traditional stories she has been taught from her First Nation background. Learning the traditions of oral history, language and culture has shaped her art, often working with figurative imagery.

The techniques she has studied have lead her to draw from her surroundings and she has been influenced by many First Nations artists and culture. In many of her prints she has shown interest in social commentary of current and past events experienced by many First Nations people. Currently she has begun a comic series based on the adventures of first nation fastball players. Working to have more representation of Indigenous youth, she hopes to inspire other writers and storytellers.

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