British Street Artist based in Berlin Sam Worthington aka Wasp Elder, was recently in Canada invited to take part of the Festival Inspire, an international, free, week-long, non-profit street arts festival in the city of Moncton.
The mural is based on a photography of Molly Muise, who is one of the first Mi‘kmaq women to be documented. As explained by Sam, the Mi‘kmaq are a first nations people indigenous to Canada and it was for him an honour to meet people from the Mi‘kmaq community who came and gave them a ritualistic blessing on site. While painting, he decided to rise their flag on the lift as a sign of solidarity to indigenous people all over the world and what they stand for:
“We must protect water from privatisation and land being destroyed, we must also continue to hold those accountable for the mistreatment of indigenous people and continue to share information and have open discussion with each other”. – Wasp Elder
About The Artist
Wasp Elder aka Sam Worthington was born in the UK in 1986. His work is populated by enigmatic souls and unstressed backgrounds, enticing a sentiment of an obscure journey. His drawings, paintings and films present an evocative combination of solitary figures, collaged scenes, close-ups, obscured features, and potential catastrophe.
Images by Louis-Philippe Chiasson and Yvon Hache (aerial).