Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit
November 4, 2022 - January 7, 2023
In her solo exhibition Midnight at the Fireworks Stand, artist Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit considers the ways in which western contact continues to shape Indigenous communities, from potlaches to the poverty-to-prison pipeline.
Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit is a multidisciplinary artist from Yakutat. She is believed to be the first Tlingit woman to carve and raise a totem pole. Bremner studied under master artists David R. Boxley and David A. Boxley in Kingston, Washington. Her mediums include painting, woodcarving, regalia and digital. In addition to her contemporary art practice, Bremner is committed to the revitalization of the Tlingit language and creating works for traditional and ceremonial use.
Bremner says: "Culture is not stagnant. Through contact and the technological revolution, Tlingit culture is constantly adapting, observing, and searching for its place in the world."
The exhibit opens at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau on Friday, November 4, 4:30–7:00 pm and runs through January 7, 2023.
Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit is one of six artists selected for the Alaska State Museum 2020-2023 Solo Artist Exhibition Series, along with artists Ben Huff, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Gail Priday, Jannah Sexton-Atkins, and Mitch Watley.
Image credit: Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit, Midnight at the Fireworks Stand, 22kt gold leaf on wood board, 2022