Mo Thunder is a non-binary, neuroemergent, Onyota’a:ka (Oneida) and French-Canadian art-maker and visual storyteller. They are currently based on Dish with One Spoon Territory (Tkaronto) and grew up on Anishinaabe land, downriver from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, where they have family ties.
Thunder holds a BFA in studio art with a focus on silkscreen printing, photography, and video from Fanshawe College and Lethbridge University. They are currently completing their thesis/major project at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. From 2016-2021, Thunder co-facilitated a community, art, and land-based creative expression program for Indigenous youth aged 18-30 in Tkaronto called Our Stories Our Truths (OSOT). They are currently working on a visual art journal with and for Indigenous folks, scheduled to be released in 2022!
Thunder has over 15 years of experience in community arts facilitation, collaboration, and consultation. Since high school, they have been working as a community arts organizer by starting an art club with a few other students. They’ve also been creating solo and collaborative murals since high school. They love co-creating with communities to connect visual imagery, ideas, concepts, and stories to create a final design that is painted by everyone who shared input.
Their multidisciplinary art practice (painting, collaging, beading, journaling, and sewing) aims to express stories about intergenerational growth/healing, neurodiversity, identity, and empowerment.
The exhibition, on view in the Winter Garden Gallery at Brookfield Place from September 20 – November 15, features portraits by Daniella Zalcman that show Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian survivors of the US government’s Indian Boarding School system and parallel American institutions.Learn More