Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley
Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley is an Ojibway artist from Ontario, whose family is from Wasauksing First Nation. He is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is dedicated to telling the current and historical stories of the Ojibway. Pawis-Steckley paints in the distinct style of Woodland Artists to depict traditional teachings that are rich with cultural and spiritual meaning. He employs the heavy silhouettes and colourful imagery characteristic of Woodland Art to illustrate stories in zines and comics. These works explore the historical relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada and aim to raise awareness of the current state of affairs today.
Pawis-Steckley is a graduate of the Graphic Design program at Nova Scotia Community College. He recently completed artist residencies at Anchor Archive Zine Library, and the Skwachàys Lodge in Vancouver.