My name is Adrienne Assinewai, I’ve been creating for so long that it can be a bit difficult to express why I create what I do. It’s such a huge part of me that to not do it, it would be like not speaking or moving through this world in a meaningful way.
Having the potential to share my thoughts and ideas visually is an integral part of who I am and not only gives me satisfaction but a deeper sense of purpose.
Growing up in Northern Ontario on Manitoulin Island I was heavily influenced in my work by traditional teachings and by reading and listening to stories my dad used to tell which centred so much on the natural world and our relatives that dwelled within. This was the driving force that helped me fall in love with trying to capture the essence and spirit of nature in art with whatever mediums I had at hand.
Possessing an inquisitive nature, I’ve always loved to learn new skills. While I was a bit slower to start using other media in art, once I began I quickly latched onto not only various media but also other styles. While others often try to find a set style or subject matter that they’re comfortable with I’ve enjoyed jumping around with my pieces and allowing my creativity to come out in whatever form it chooses. I find that this wide scope has allowed me to better share my messages with my audience.