Skeena Reece. “Raven: On the Colonial Fleet”, 2008.

One of the most striking works in the exhibition is the clothing and regalia worn by Reece in her persona as Raven on the Colonial Fleet. It’s comprised of a curvaceous bustier covered in vertical Northwest coast designs and an apron with figures whose outstretched arms are reaching above their heads for AK-47 machine guns. Her traditional button blanket has a surprise on the back: a grenade made out of silver sequins.

Skeena Reece is multi-disciplinary artist based on Vancouver Island and performance work may include, music, spoken word and videography.  Founder of the Native Youth Artists Collective, she has worked in Arts Administration since 2005.  A self-named ‘Sacred Clown’ influenced by her ancestors she is a storyteller. Her work has extended overseas at the 2010 Sydney Biennale: Festival of Contemporary Art in Australia and at the Bbeyond Gallery in Belfast, Ireland.  Performing at community art shows, the main stage or at a cabaret look for her inaugural music cd in Winter 2010.