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Joseph Tisiga Yukon Prize icon 2021 Finalist

Artist Bio

Joseph Tisiga was born in 1984 and is a member of the Kaska Dena Nation. He maintains a multidisciplinary practice that is rooted in painting and drawing and includes performance, photography, sculpture and installation. His work reflects upon notions of identity and what contributes to this construct -community, nationality, family, history, location, real and imagined memories – questions that have become all the more relevant in the current climate. Tisiga’s works look at cultural and social inheritance, the mundane, the metaphysical and the mythological, often all at once and on the same surface. This conflation of interests and perspectives plays itself out in the artist’s narratives that are non-linear, cross cultural and supernatural.
Joseph Tisiga

Photo credit: Alistair Maitland

Joseph Tisiga

"Dreamcatcher"

2020, oil stick on wall tent canvas, 16′ x 16′

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Joseph Tisiga

"Untitled series of 25 astroturf panels"

2020, Plaster, cigarette butts, adhesive, astroturf, woodpanel 10′ x 10′

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Joseph Tisiga

"Gauging Proximity is Constant"

2020, watercolor on paper, 22″ x 30″

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Joseph Tisiga

"In Lieu of Monuments Honour"

2020, watercolor on paper, 27.5″ x 27.5″

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Joseph Tisiga

"In the Face of Peril"

2020, watercolor and guache on paper, 27.5″ x 27.5″

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Joseph Tisiga

"Some Rise"

2020, water color and guache on paper, 22″ x 30″

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"Gray rock contemplating its ancestral wisdom"

2020, oil on canvas 60″ x 72″

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Joseph Tisiga

"Resilience is retaliatory"

2020, oil on canvas, 60″ x 72″

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