Ambrose Cardinal

Artist in Residence
2023 SuperTrain Artist in Residence
Creator Knows, an abstract work of layered lines and colours flowing in uninterrupted curves like wavy ripples

Niapahkewsimowin Pahpimohtet ninehiyawihon (One Who Walks With the Sundance is my Cree name), ekwa Ambrose Cardinal nitsikason (but my “name” is Ambrose Cardinal). I am a multidisciplinary Métis and Cree artist and Oskapewis, hailing from Amiskwaciwâskahikan. The origins of my work comes as a means of dealing with serious trauma during my teenage years, acrylic paints were my first love. The intersectionalities between my work as an oskapewis (ceremony helper) and as an Indigenous artist, revolves around expressions of radical love, resistance and healing. My most recent artistic interests are based around relationality to place, to honour the ones who currently inhabit space while also honouring our ancestors and connection to Amiskwaciwâskahikan.  Art to me is essential to healing, essential to understanding and essential to creating a world worth fighting for.

A headshot of Ambrose Cardinal, smiling at the camera and standing in front of a colourful mural depicting an Indigenous family. He is wearing a blue shirt and ceremonial sash, and has long brown hair.

Ambrose Cardinal will be one of the artists creating work for the SuperTrain Residency, an initiative in partnership with the Edmonton Arts Council and Pattison Outdoor Advertising.