Aura: Healing art seeks to banish misrepresentations of indigenous people

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Life & Soul Magazine

Muralist Aura, an indigenous artist from the Oneida Nation of the Thames in Ontario, is deeply inspired by the healing process. Her mixed media artworks feature photographic images of indigenous people which are surrounded by Aura’s auric interpretations – encased in floral images and emanating love.

The Toronto-based artist, otherwise known as Monique Bedard, layers different materials including acrylic paint, collage, photo transfers, and beadwork in her pieces.

As an indigenous artist, Aura says there is much to draw from, including stories, teachings, and community.

The florals used throughout Aura’s work is symbolic. They represent protection, growth, identity, voice, strength of women, truth, and love. The florals spread out from different areas of the body – the mouth, the heart, the head and the feet, for instance – which demonstrates the healing journey.

It is evident in Aura’s artworks that she follows her heart and honours what’s important to her as an individual but…

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