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Tamara Rain Bell was born an artist. Gifted with a natural creative talent, her disruptive creations are born organically. "The purpose of art is to see the possibilities of a different world. Maybe where indigenous people are the future of mankind", says Bell. 

Her imaginative approach includes placing shoes on the south side of the Vancouver Art Gallery to honour the tragic discovery of the 215 native children's bodies found at the Kamloops Residential School or replacing John A MacDonald's face with indigenous women demonstrates a divergent view of indigenous art. Ms. Bell spearheaded the ‘Every Child Matters’ mural on Commercial Drive in Vancouver and ask the public to join her to honour Residential school survivors by placing orange ribbons in a park.  Bell says, "I don't know why I create what I create, it just comes to me like a message". 

Ms. Bell's framework is often defined by her mother's experience of growing up in Residential School.  Her mother; Mona's experience within school included experimental surgery and other horrors that manifested into a chaotic existence.  Tamara's background as an artist began as a form of escape from a turbulent childhood.  Ms. Bell's mother intern subjected Tamara to behaviours that attempted to impair her ability to create.  Years of harsh punishment only incited a desire to create and continue with an education in Fine Art.  Her avante-garde approach to her art is often outside of the norm within Indigenous art.  

Ms. Bell is a proud sundancer and participates in ceremonies throughout the America's.  Tamara is a member of the Haida Nation, Raven clan.  Tamara views her art as a form of ceremony.   She blends sweetgrass, cedar, sage and tobacco leaves in water to combine the four sacred medicines found in ceremonies.  The act of creating begins with a divine manifestation that results in meditative process and works that are innovative and divergent. 

 Ms. Bell's overflowing creativity has contributed to her 25 years in film and television. As an award-winning director, producer and scriptwriter, Tamara uses her passion for all things creative as a way to connect to the collective.  



Medium: Archival Acrylic on Currency
Size: 2.75X6 inches
Title: Untitled

Medium: Archival Acrylic on Currency
Size: 2.75X6 inches
Title: Untitled

Medium: Archival Acrylic on Currency
Size: 2.75X6 inches
Title: Untitled