"It is through the freedom of the creative process that imagination and creativity are ignited, connections are restored, meaning is built, passions are discovered, visions are manifested, ideas are born, inspiration becomes contagious, strength is called upon, and all voices and stories are heard."
- Mo Thunder
Mo Thunder (They/Them/Theirs) is Onkwehonwe [Onyota’a:ka with family ties to Oneida Nation of the Thames x Aamjiwnaang First Nation (AFN)] and French-Canadian. They’re a non-binary, neuroemergent artist x visual storyteller from a small town along the St. Clair River and are currently based on One Dish One Spoon Territory x Tkaronto (Toronto), which is a Kanyen'kéha: (Mohawk) word for ‘where there are trees standing in the water’).
Mo holds a BFA in studio art with a focus on drawing, silkscreen printing, photography and video from Fanshawe College and the University of Lethbridge, however, much of their current art practice is self and community-taught. They have over 15 years of experience in community arts facilitation, organization, education, demonstration, collaboration and consultation. They have been working in community arts since high school when they created solo and collaborative murals, organizing an art club with a few other students and providing group and individual art facilitation. Mo has also been drawing since they were a child, they created cartoons, comic books and designed clothing and places to escape to.
Through their multidisciplinary art practice (painting, collaging, beading, journaling and textiles), they aim to express stories about their lived experiences within and without their mind, heart, spirit and body. Mo is inspired by intergenerational connections, ancestors, kin, community and healing, all of creation, skyworld and personal/collective empowerment.
For the last 5 years, Mo has co-created and 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 completing their major project at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute working on a visual art journal with and for Indigenous folks, scheduled to be released in 2022!
They have a deep love and passion for zines, journals, art supplies, music, neurodiversity, organization, sewing, tattoos and YB!