Roin Morigeau

Tribe: Interior Flathead Salish
Based In: Spokane, WA
Social Media: @roinmorigeau

About the Art
How do we grieve?
What do we value?

After attending the premiere of local director Derrick J. LaMere's, “United by Water” (War Pony Pictures) in Oct 2017, which shows the first tribal canoe journey and gathering at Kettle Falls since the Ceremony of Tears in 1943, I began to conceptualize a body of work that could hold the complexity of grief + pride the film left me with. Created during the summer of 2018 and ranging in medium + execution from gouache, charcoal, and carving to ready-made sculptural objects, these pieces are as much a prayer as they are a protest; a temporary memorial to beckon our deity the Chinook smɫi Salmon back home to our river.

About the Artist
Roin Morigeau (b. Oct 24, 1984) is an interdisciplinary artist using drawing, painting, poetry, digital collage and sculpture to explore the dichotomy between matriarchal and patriarchal space. Living with physical limitations and daily chronic pain from a spinal injury, Roin centers their art practice as a form of protest and healing. Producing minimal yet powerful abstract works, Roin explores the feeling of “in-betweenness” they experience as a queer, disabled, gender non-binary person raised in a bi-cultural home. Roin was nominated for the 2019 Centrum Emerging Artist Residency Program and has shown in numerous shows and exhibitions regionally including King St. Station at Seattle Office of Arts + Culture, Terrain Gallery, and the Chase Gallery at Spokane City Hall. They are a member of the Spokane-based, The PORTAL Collective and a 2018-2019 sponsored member of Saranac Art Projects. Roin is a descendant of the Flathead Salish Tribe of Montana and lives in occupied Spokane territories where they were raised.