q̓emxwéqsem (to tie a knot at the end of your thread)

q̓emxwéqsem (to tie a knot at the end of your thread)

q̓emxwéqsem (to tie a knot at the end of your thread)

serena steel

aug 9 - sept 26, 2024

craft council of bc gallery

opening reception | aug 8 | 6-8p

ccbc gallery

artist talk & private viewing | aug 30 |5:45-8p

ccbc gallery & carousel theatre

beading workshops | aug 9 & sept 13 | 6-8p

ccbc gallery

artist statement

q̓emxwéqsem is a collection of work that is centered around the act of hand-stitching. From beadwork to basketry, each artwork requires time and consideration from the maker, set in its unwillingness to be rushed. The labour becomes a reflection of the care that is taken with each stitch, and the repetition becomes a ceremony in itself.

Steel’s work is centered around belonging and the ways that it is rooted in the land and the people who she comes from. Each object is imbued with the memories and stories that ground her in her home, and remind her of the responsibility that she has to it.

In a time of rapid production and increased demand, q̓emxwéqsem is a love letter to the importance of slow and careful work.

artist bio

Serena Steel is a Secwépemc interdisciplinary artist and curator from Simpcw First Nation whose practice takes the form of beadwork, sculpture, and storytelling. Her work revolves around acts of care, reciprocity, and belonging.

Steel currently works on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She holds a BFA in Critical and Cultural Practice from Emily Carr University with a minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement.