Zofia Rogowski

Zofia Rogowski

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Victoria, British Columbia

Beading, Painting, Printmaking

Boozhoo (hello), my name is Zofia. I am Anishinaabe from Rama, and I also have Polish heritage. I live as a grateful
visitor on Lkwungen Territories in Victoria, BC, where I was born and raised. Waawaashkeshi nindoodem (I am
from Deer Clan). I am a Two-Spirit. I am a multidisciplinary visual artist, an Indigenous arts educator, and a
non-fiction writer.

Most of my art education has taken place in Indigenous community settings. I have been extremely fortunate to
encounter generous artists from many nations who have shared skills and teachings with me. I try to honour their
generosity by teaching the skills I have to others, and by creating spaces where Indigenous people can access art
supplies.

My art practice is spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional. Art connects me to my ancestors and with the
animism of the world. My practice intertwines art with research about language, plants, animals, and culture.
When I create, I have to relate to the physical space around me and translate my ideas into something tangible.
Making art allows me to process and express my feelings in healthy ways.

In recent years, I have concentrated on beadwork, illustration, acrylic painting and block printing. The themes in
my art include reclamation of Anishinaabe identity and language; reestablishing understanding of and kinship to
the land, water, sky, and all the non-human beings who cohabitate this place with us; and explorations of
relationships between colour, texture and geometry.

I believe Indigenous art and artists have a role to play in the preservation, resurgence and revitalization of our
languages, cultures and communities. It is my hope that I may contribute to Indigenous communities in a good
way through my art practice.

Chi miigwech!