Alaynee Goodwill-Littlechild

:: AGE

38

:: LOCATION

Edmonton Alberta Canada

:: MEDIUM

Porcupine Quills

:: IDENTIFIES AS

Lakota/Dakota Woman

As a womxn, why do you think it is important to create?

Creating is a form of expression and as women we wear many hats. We express ourselves in each of these roles and share a part of who we are in everything.

What has been your proudest moment as an artist/creative?

I’m so proud that my children are all artistic. They are creative in their own way and to witness their artistic journey is such a gift. Using art as a teaching tool is a very important form of cultural continuum.

How do you define love?

WE are love.

Describe the space that you like to create in?

My two sons (aged 10 and 13) created a work space for me in the corner of our kitchen. They put so much love, thought and effort into this space, it’s my favourite place to be even when I’m not creating!

What do you like to listen to while you create?

My mood dictates what type of music I listen to. From country and Powwow to gangsta rap!

How do you make time to create?

I usually create in the evenings. That’s the only time where it’s quiet and I am able to focus.

How does your mental health affect your work?

My mental health affects my work very much. I can only create when I’m happy. If I’m upset or tired I don’t have the capacity to do anything. We also believe our energy goes into our traditional pieces so it’s important for me to translate that energy into every piece.

What is your earliest memory of making art?

I think I was 4 or 5 years old and I’d watch my mother create traditional pieces. She taught me how to make daisy chains.

Do you have any words of advice for young womxn/artist/creators out there?

Express yourself in any way, it doesn’t have to make sense to anybody else but yourself.

What social issues do you care about most?

There are so many social issues that I find extremely important but child and family advocacy and domestic violence are two that I hold close to my heart. Not only because I’m a registered social worker but I’ve had personal experiences with it. They don’t discriminate and ┬áthe effects last a lifetime. We are in 2017 and there are still the same systemic barriers women and families faced 25 years ago.

What could you not live without?

Faith. I cannot live without faith.There was a time not long ago that I lost everything. I was homeless and my children were with my parents. I didn’t know what was going to happen in my life, I didn’t know if everything was going to be okay. Faith saved me. Faith kept me going.

Who are your influences/inspirations?

The history of my people and my family have always inspired and influenced me as an artist. My work reflects my understanding of Lakota/Dakota epistemology and ontology.

What message do you want to spread with your art?

We all have a journey, I like sharing my journey and my world view through interesting and unique ways.