Bev Koski


  • Ottawa #1 and Bearlin #1 – 2014
  • Beads, thread, found object
  • 8.3 x 5 x 8.9 cm and 10.8 x 6.6 x 5.7 cm
Ottawa #1 and Bearlin #1

To me, resilience emerges out of engagement with those things that block my agency. Resilience is refusing to remain passive in a situation and muddling through anyway.  As an artist I work through issues materially, learning as I make things.

A few years ago I began beading over small kitsch objects depicting Indigenous North Americans. Having lived with the stereotypes these items convey, I thought it might be empowering and funny to take them out of circulation by covering them with beads, my favourite medium. But I discovered that the results tended to be disturbing rather than funny. My sympathy for the little figures often grew until I couldn’t bring myself to cover their eyes. Many gaze out in embarrassment from behind a beaded modesty cover, a plight I hadn’t anticipated. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to change these objects, to have learned from that process and to share them with others.

– Bev Koski

2018 billboard locations


Please note that not all digital billboards will be displaying Resilience consistently. Treaty, territory, and language information has been referenced from Native Land, and may be incomplete.