Constellations brings together portraits, cedar and stone. Drawn from daily life, her sleeping lover, herself squatting in front of a mirror.  These drawings indent into chunks of charred Cedar. Moonstone beads find their way into the grooves of the drawings, placed into the lines, creating constellations of glinting stone.

Drought and heat stress are causing a rapid die-off in coastal populations of Douglas Fir from Northern California up through British Columbia and Alaska. West coast Red Cedars are in a state of rapid transition, these forest ecosystems are not adapting easily to changing weather patterns of the climate crisis, since they depend on temperate atmosphere of these regions.

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Liljana Mead Martin works at Studio #403 Artist Resource Centre (ARC) East Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. These are the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Learn about Land Back