Bio

Aylan-Couchie-Artist-TorontoAylan Couchie is an Anishinaabekwe interdisciplinary artist and writer hailing from Nipissing First Nation in Northern Ontario. She is a NSCAD University alumna and received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design at OCAD University where she focused her studies on reconciliation and its relationship to monument and public art. Her written, gallery and public works explore histories of the colonial/First Nations landscape, Indigenous erasure and issues of representation and cultural appropriation. She’s been the recipient of several awards including an “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture” award through the International Sculpture Centre and a Premier’s Award through Ontario Colleges. Her work has been shown internationally and her public art installations can be found in the City of Barrie and Halifax International Airport. Aylan currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

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(December 17, 2018) – LINK TO INDIGENOUS CULTURE FUND PETITION/INFO HERE: https://aylan-couchie.com/2018/12/17/indigenous-culture-fund-ontario-legislative-petitions-downloadable-pdfs-info/

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Subvert (2016), 6.5’X4′, Cut Paper

 

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  1. I don’t have a Twitter or Instagram account and there’s no e-mail listed for you, so I hope you don’t mind my reaching you here.

    I just wanted to thank you for putting up the side-by-side pictures of Norval Morriseau’s work and Amanda PL’s. I’d seen paintings by both, but not of the same subjects the way those two are, so I didn’t understand why painting in the same style as Mr. Morriseau or using the same colour palette would upset someone as long as the subjects weren’t the same or a traditional/teaching story or an element of one hadn’t been used inappropriately. Having seen the two paintings side by side, I’m don’t see how anyone could see them and think ‘inspired by’ was even remotely accurate. If something inspires you, you make something that may reflect the original in some way, but is very clearly something of your own. That’s not what happened with those two paintings: it looks as if Amanda PL just plain copied Mr. Morriseau’s. Making a copy is fine if you clearly identify it as a copy because then the person who made the original gets the credit for creating it, but it’s not fine when you copy something so closely people can barely tell the difference and then try to pass it off as yours.

    Those pictures together were worth a thousand words. Once again, thank you for posting them.

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