Marianne Nicolson is a member of the Dzawada'enuxw Tribe of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations on the coastal mainland of British Columbia. Marianne has a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and a MFA in Visual Art from the University of Victoria. Marianne's interest in pursuing a deeper understanding of the Kwakwaka'wakw language and how Kwakwaka'waka language and art addresses concepts of space and time in the context of an indigenous worldview has led to completion of a MA in Linguistics and Anthropology and currently a PhD at the University of Victoria. Marianne works in a diverse range of artistic media, including painting, photography, mixed-media, sculpture and installation and her work is shown nationally and internationally. In 1998, the artist scaled a vertical rock face in Kingcome Inlet and painted a 28 by 30 foot pictograph that addressed historical events and significantly, the continuing vitality of her nearby ancestral village on Kingcome River. A recent solo exhibition, The Return of Abundance was shown earlier this year at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

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