It is so hard to resist the temptation to correct Louis Nicolas's drawing. And it is hard to stitch when I don't know exactly what I am stitching. Jacques Cartier's hairy arm? Or is it a closefitting sleeve? Mascoutensak man's beaded buckskin shirt? Or tattoos on his bare arm? It is impossible to know, and difficult to live with ambiguity.
I also don't like how Mascoutensak man's pointy finger is skinnier than Cartier's. I want equality of power.
I'm an artist who has been making stuff for 30 years. I used to spin, knit, weave, quilt, design, write, embroider and garden, and I still do most of these things, but for the last few years I have been focused on stitching images from Canada's first natural history, the Codex Canadensis.
I try to live a life of minimal consumption and maximum creation. More and more, I see how these are connected.