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2021 Gattuso Edition

2021 Gattuso Edition

What is Left

What is Left is a cluster of Canada’s now-defunct 1¢ copper coins, melted to their core material—and burnished by hand. Resembling naturally-occurring copper nuggets, What is Left suggests a transformation of the metal back to its natural state and away from its use as a material commodity and colonial currency. Ts̱ēmā reconnects the copper ore to the Tahltan territory in northwest British Columbia, which is rich in natural resources and has a history of mining that dates back thousands of years, highlighting her nation’s ancestral values and questioning modern extractive practices that impose environmental injuries without returning something to the land.

What is Left, 2021
Canadian pennies
2 × 3 × 2”
Edition of 50, varied

The Gattuso Edition is generously supported by La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso.

Ts̱ēmā is an interdisciplinary artist and a member of the Tahltan First Nation. She uses potlatch methodology to create conceptual artwork and teachings influenced by her mentorship in Northwest Coast formline design at K’saan (2005-06), her studies in visual culture, and her lived experiences in the mountains. She has degrees from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and OCAD University, and has exhibited and performed in varied contexts in Canada including the 2016 and 2018 Montreal Contemporary Native Art Biennial, as well as internationally in Chile, Mexico, Sweden and the USA. Tsēmā was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2020.