Copper cuff and digital print on vinyl
"My artwork represents where I am and where I am from. Growing up in a world where tradition was valued, but not understood or taught because of racism, my pieces show glimpses of my Tlingit culture. I have experienced a world where culture and contemporary living are woven together, not all of the time understood, but all of the time still there.
- Mary Wheeler Goddard
Mary Wheeler-Goddard, Tlingit-Kaagwaantaan:
I have had the privilege of being raised in Southeast Alaska, a place I consider to be one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. Here, I am inspired, encouraged, and I always feel supported.
Right now I am currently working with traditional materials making contemporary jewelry. These materials include, but are not limited to, copper, silver, spruce roots, quill, baleen, and grass. I hand carve, shape, and cut all of my materials to create unique pieces, as well as harvesting and preparing the natural materials. I have learned most of my trade from my mother Jennie Wheeler who is both a skin/fur sewer and a basket weaver, as well as from Master Carver Dave Galanin.
Please check out my website at: www.alaskamary.com
Last updated: December 9, 2017