Gesig Isaac

Art Discipline: 
United States
Dates of Residence: 
Apr 27, 2020 to Jun 5, 2020

Gesig Isaac is a multidisciplinary artist of Mi’gmaq and settler, french-canadian ancestry. She completed her Foundation year at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Gesig was raised by her french-canadian mother in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on un-ceded Algonquin territory. Her father was born and raised on the Listuguj reserve in eastern Quebec. Her practice explores themes of Indigenous language retention and land-based knowledge, Queerness, land and water ecologies, healing and grief. Her current work looks to retrieve and explore traditional Mi’gmaq textile practices, such as Mi’gmaq-style, cedar bark and cattail weaving, and salmon and eel-skin tanning. In addition to her emerging artistic career, Gesig is also invested in working with elders and youth within her community, acting as what late, renowned, Passamaquoddy, birchbark canoe builder, David Moses Bridges, best described his own role within community: as a kind of “Medium” between elders and the current and forthcoming generations. Gesig recently completed a 5-week, birchbark canoe building apprenticeship with Listuguj elder Rene Martin, alongside friend and collaborator Remi Lebouthillier.