The Good Path is an interactive light installation honouring Indigenous teachings. It welcomes all to engage and embark on a personal journey in a safe space where art sparks contemplation. The Good Path consists of seven rectangular reflective columns arranged in a circular formation. Outside of the circle, any light cast on it reflects back towards the source of the light. This is representative of the protective nature of the circle, protecting those on a journey of discovery and growth just as a cocoon protects the growth and development happening inside it. To experience this reflectivity, a flash photograph can be taken or a phone flashlight can be shone in the circle’s direction. Each column is equipped with a motion sensor controlling internal lighting. When a motion sensor is triggered, the light in that column turns on to reveal a carving of an artistic interpretation of one of the seven grandparent teachings. Each carving casts shapes of shadow and light onto the ground within the circle for viewers to consider and absorb. Each column’s motion sensor operates independently so each column must be approached to reveal the light, journeying through each teaching. This is representative of learning in life as it is rarely linear and lessons can be learned in a varied sequence. The Good Path, through the teachings it focuses on and its medium, honours the landscape and aims to bring people of all backgrounds together in a space of solace encouraging growth.
Bekah is an artist of Anishinaabe, German Mennonite, English, and Welsh descent who grew up in northern Alberta on Dene territory. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, working in fashion, beadwork, and installations. Her installation practice includes Chasing Red, presented during Nuit Blanche 2019 in partnership with Cadillac Fairview and Dear Sisters, presented during Come Up To My Room 2020 at the Gladstone Hotel. It is Bekah’s ethos as an artist to collaborate and create work that reflects what is happening in society. Through collaboration her vision expands past her personal experience, resulting in work that centres on community. Bekah’s work is a form of communication between her and the world. She is continually learning her Anishinaabe culture, using her creative practices to connect and heal. Through her work, she aims to use the platforms she can access to amplify the voices of Indigenous women and to foreground issues colonialism perpetuates.