A local artist has created an installation that will take a unique look at the environment that surrounds us.
Levi “Snk’lip” George created the installation Our Nature to challenge the perception of what is considered natural and normal, and to take a closer look at the environment in which society lives.
The installation takes viewers on a scenic walk through a natural environment made of waste materials and household items which people are accustomed to seeing and using daily, and serves to remind them that although all things come from nature, not everything can return to nature.
“Art is expression through life experiences,” he said. “The teachings from my culture and the environment I grew up in are very transparent in my work. I believe art is a form of communication from the innermost part of a person’s being. My definition of a successful artist is to develop and nurture this ability to communicate with others.”
George is a member of the Syilx Nation, and a young father, uncle, and role model within his community. He sees his artwork as a way to inspire his community to be proud of its culture and commitment and connection to the land.
He practices a diversity of visual art forms, and creates anything from paintings and sculptures, to graphic design and contemporary street wear. He uses natural materials and Syilx teachings to bring cultural concepts and images into current times.
George hopes his artwork will raise an awareness of society’s connection or disconnection to Mother Earth, and bring light to people being responsible stewards who care for the planet and for one another.
“I want to remind people what’s really important in our lives,” said George. “Our relationship with our planet and following our hearts is far more important than that next big promotion, buying our new clothes and filling our lives with material possession.“
An opening for the exhibit happens Sept. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m., and the exhibit runs through Nov. 9.
On Sept. 27 George will be giving an artist’s talk from 1 to 2 p.m.