2019 Feature Wall Artist: Siobhan Joseph

Title: The Matriarch

Artist: Siobhan Joseph - Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw)

Curated by: Linnea Dick - Kwakwaka'wakw, Nisga'a, and Tsimshian

Series: VMF Annual Feature Wall

Address: 2301 Main St

Generously Supported by:


Artist Statement:

“My piece is called ‘The Matriarch,’ and is inspired by my late mother Carol Joseph. As the matriarch of my family, she was outspoken, she protested, she loved children, and she believed in taking care of Mother Earth. The vision that came to me was a women in a pose that is welcoming and thanking, with a man and elder woman on each side of her, representing the men and elders of the community coming together to support her. She is dressed in red to honour the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, and I placed her in the sea and mountains, among the animals to represent connectedness.” - Siobhan Joseph

More Info:

This is the first edition of the new annual VMF Feature Wall presented by LUSH. The mural will be repainted annually with artwork that showcases artist from underrepresented groups and/or issues of environmental, social, and economic justice. The wall is located at the intersection of E 7th Ave & Main St where tens of thousands of vehicles and pedestrians pass each day on their way into Mount Pleasant. Thanks to the Rumpus Room Restaurant at 2301 Main St who has donated their wall space for this project.

About Siobhan Joseph:

Siobhan Joseph is a young Squamish Nation woman, who is steadily building her reputation as creator of paintings that she describes as a reflection of both “traditional” styles of the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest coast of British Columbia and more “realistic” portrayals of animals in particular.

Mural Draft Design

Mural Draft Design

David Vertesi