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Kayla Rudderham



Much of my work includes drawing, printmaking, embroidery, and beadwork. As of recently, it explores themes of traditions and the treatment of land or nature. The work that I've submitted to the MAED showcase includes two separate projects that have to do with these topics, as well as the reclamation of Mi’kmaq language.

The first involves an exploration of native bumble bee species and their co-dependant native plant species. Imported honey bees are having a detrimental impact on native bee populations and the ecosystems they are part of. Many people are unaware of the many native bee species that exist in Nova Scotia, and their mutualistic relationships with native plants. If these plants and bees disappear, a ripple effect will be caused by their absence. The importation of honey bees has a direct impact on the flora and fauna in Nova Scotia. Through this project, I intend to create awareness of the co-dependency native bee and plant species have with each other and the harm that honey bee-keeping creates for them. Through beadwork, embroidery, and wax framing, the work investigates the colonization of bee species in Nova Scotia.


The second project I’ve included draws attention to areas which were once communities and/or places deemed culturally significant that have been paved over by colonial industry. Half of Nova Scotia Power’s generating stations are located on lands historically and contemporarily important to the Mi'kmaq people. Through drawing, collage, smoke painting and bead work, the work explores the images and language of place, as well as instances of environmental racism in Nova Scotia.

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