The Language of Nature

The Language of Nature
15" x 16.25" Multimedia Canvas
by
Mackenzie Brown

Mackenzie Brown

Mackenzie Brown is a First Nations Cree woman from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, currently residing in Amiskwaciwaskahikan, Edmonton. She is a performer, drummer, tourism entrepreneur, philanthropist and advocate for at-risk youth in the Edmonton area. Mackenzie and her mom perform as “Warrior Women”. They drum and teach around Alberta for the Northern Alberta Teachers Conference, the annual Jasper Dark Skies Festival, Youth Dream Catchers Conference, Canada Day, Aboriginal Day festivities and more. Along with drumming, Mackenzie is also an avid acrylic artist and traditional First Nations crafts artisan. Her art has been featured in the Pump House Gallery, the Edson Gallery Museum, the Gray Gallery Grant MacEwan, recognized for the Alberta Indian Arts and Crafts Award of 2017, featured for the Alberta Business Competition 2017 and sold to people travelling world wide at Jasper Park Lodge. She is the recent recipient of the 2019 Esquao Award for Children's Future, 2019 Indigenous Woman of
the year from the Alberta Assembly of First Nations and Top 30 under 30 From Alberta Corporation for Global Cooperation 2020. Mackenzie was also recently highlighted as the only Indigenous and Albertan artist on the reality TV show Landscape Artist of the Year Canada where she placed in the top 3 finalists.

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This piece was inspired by the amazing research done by Ty Mckinney in the effects of nature on the brain. As an Indigenous artist, much of my inspiration for art comes from the land. I was taught by my elders to have a reciprocal relationship with the land and to treat her (Mother Earth) as a relative. Upon reflecting on the research Ty had done, I was inspired on the idea of the language nature speaks. If we are truly with her, we are able to listen to her words and communicate back. This inherently creates the most important relationship we can have, a relationship of love, caring, respect and understanding with our world.