Megan Jensen

Megan Jensen

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Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

Painter

Megan Jensen (Guná) is a young Indigenous artist, dancer and student of Northwest
Coast design. Guná, is of Dakhká Tlingit and Tagish Khwáan Ancestry from the
Dahk’laweidi Clan (killer whale) which falls under the wolf/eagle moiety. Her family has
made the beautiful area of the southern lakes in the Yukon Territory their home for
numerous generations. Megan has practiced and studied the intricate and incredibly
complex work of northwest coast design for 9 years, and continues to build on her
knowledge of Tlingit Formline. For many years Megan’s practice has entered around
the history of the rich art form of the northwest coast however she also always critically
reflects on where it will go in the future. Megan plays with the relationship of the
ancient and the contemporary, and strives to enable her audience to highly consider
where a young indigenous artist positions themselves in such a complex cultural
landscape in an industrialized world.
Megan is currently attending Emily Carr University of Art Design pursuing her BVA
(Bachelors of Visual Arts.) Through her journey in academia, Megan has come to realize
the dying need for a larger diverse demographic in Canadian Institutions. As a young
Indigenous female, Guna aspires to become an instructor in art history, but will never
stop evolving her artistic career. She aspires to engage the younger generations in
aiding to identify what it means to be Indigenous in the contemporary moment, and in
turn how this influences our artistic/cultural practices. Guna’s mandate as a facilitator is
to foster a more diverse, dynamic and innovative environment for learning. All the
while allowing her designs and paintings to ever evolve and mirror the realities of a
young indigenous female artist in the contemporary moment trying to find her way.
“Since time immemorial our people have been malleable to the winds of change, had
they not done this, we simply would no longer exist. This is about telling their story,
however this is also about telling our stories through art, song and dance for all the
future generations to come.” - Guna