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Art: B.C. artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas to discuss his work

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (mny) is an internationally acclaimed contemporary visual artist and co-founder of Y Public Art. He will talk about his art at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Western Washington University’s Miller Hall room 138.

Yahgulanaas is from Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte islands) in British Columbia. He is known for the art form he innovated called Haida manga, which blends North Pacific indigenous iconographies and frame lines with the graphic dynamism of Asian manga. Haida manga offers an empowering and playful way of viewing and engaging with social issues as it seeks participation, dialogue, reflection and action.

His visual practice encompasses a variety of different art forms, including large-scale public art projects, mixed media sculptures and canvases, repurposed automobile parts, acrylics, watercolors, ink drawings, and illustrated publications.

Exploring themes of identity, environmentalism and the human condition, he uses art to communicate a worldview that while particular to Haida Gwaii, his ancestral North Pacific archipelago, is also relevant to a contemporary and internationally engaged audience.

He began to play as an artist after many decades working in the Haida Nation’s successful campaign to protect its biocultural diversity. His works are in numerous public and private collections, including the British Museum in London, Seattle Art Museum, the Vancouver (B.C.) Art Gallery, and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

For more information or for disability accommodations on the free event, contact Julia Sapin, 360-650-3670. To see examples of his work, go to mny.ca.

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