In the Kanien’keha (Mohawk) language, her name is “Otsisto” (oh-dzis-doh), which in English means ‘Star’. Star is a member of the Bear Clan and grew up learning about the Longhouse, her spiritual, political and social place of gathering.
As a Mohawk, born and raised in Kahnawake, she was influenced by the strong sense of family, community, identity and respect for the land. Star has continued to use her art as a political reflection and strong statement about the Indigenous person’s place and extraordinary worth in society. Her jewelry is varied, showcasing the traditional styles born out of historical trade routes with settlers, mixed with some of her own creations, and designs Star’s mother taught her over the years. Star Horn draws, paints, makes bead, bone & porcupine quill jewelry and rustic furniture. She also use various digital media, collage and photography to create art, ads, logo’s and illustration.
“An artist can only convey through his or her work the experience they have encountered, confronted, and endured. From an early age I was taught that all life is sacred and that all life is intertwined, with no separation.”