ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in the community of Mashteuiatsh, she grew up on the shores of Piekukami, Lac-St-Jean. From childhood, the self-taught artist was fascinated by the art and traditions of the Piekuakamilnuatsh, the humans of Lac St-Jean.
Originally painting to express her revolt and anger in the face of the despair of her people, she discovered the pacifist power of her paintings, denouncing the established order and claiming the right to affirmation. Guided by her instinct, her dreams and her ancestors, she explores the theme of duality and contrast in painting and performance.
Sarah Cleary is now a member of the collective “Trickster Sisters” with the Atikamekw artist Eruoma Awashish.