êkâya-pâhkaci [ee-guy-uh-puck-a-chee] operates through an intersection of nomadic site-specificity, visual patterning, language, narrative, movement and rhythm. L’Hirondelle performs this exploratory process-based work under an adaptable traveling tent where she relates useful information to passersby using her body, voice and graffiti/tagging. The audience, by proximity and in accepting her invitation to witness her activities, comes in from the cold and becomes part of her camp. The artist would like to acknowledge support from the Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council in the creation of this work.
Cheryl L’ Hirondelle (aka Waynohtêw, Cheryl Koprek) is an Alberta born half-breed (Metis/Cree-non status/treaty, French, German, Polish) artist and musician. Her creative practice is an investigation of the junction of a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) in contemporary time and space. Since the 80’s, L’Hirondelle has created, performed and presented work in a variety of artistic disciplines, including: music, performance art, theatre, performance poetry, storytelling, installation and new media.