Julia Rose Sutherland is a Canada born artist of Mi'Kmaq Indigenous descent. She works interdisciplinary and utilizes mediums such as photography, sculpture, textiles and performance. Sutherland Completed her BFA in Craft and New Media with a speciality in Textiles at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2013. Sutherland completed her MFA at the SUNY University at Buffalo with honours in Spring of 2019. She has shown and taken part in residencies internationally in Canada, USA, China and France. She currently resides in Calgary, Alberta Canada.
Sutherland is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the trauma and social issues associated with her aboriginal roots as a Mi'kmaq woman of the Metepenagiag Nation of Canada. She is addressing the systems of commodification, representation, worth, as well as the identity politics surrounding Indigenous Peoples of North America. With this, she fosters a dialogue regarding the treatment, representation, and voice of these marginalized communities. Often the work emphasizes concepts of loss, absence, alongside adapted Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation traditional materials and techniques. Sutherland desires to regain a sense of identity and push to engage a more mindful conversation around topical subjects such as addiction, mental health, feminism, and aboriginal identity politics.