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Meghann O’Brien

Meghann O’Brien is a Haida/Kwakwaka’wakw artist from Alert Bay, BC. She spent 15 years as a snowboarder before starting to weave on her own in 2007. She was later taught the traditional Ravenstail and Chilkat weaving forms, and uses her artwork to both explore her Northwest Coast cultural heritage, and rebuild and maintain bonds with her community. O’Brien is interested in working with natural materials to explore notions of time, space and genetic identity, and continues to work with traditional forms to create new and contemporary pieces. She is committed to raising awareness about weaving as a living art form.