Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal

About Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal


Artist’s Statement

“As long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the waters flow…”

Borders and limitations are not only physical, but can be mental as well. When we consider each other’s truths and (his)stories with an open mind, only then can we better understand and love one another fully.

Remembering the Land as our Mother, it is not we who have ownership over her, but she over us as her children. We often forget that it is our responsibility to give back as much as we take.

Through a non-invasive, silent, process-based performance, the creation of an impermanent installation will be formed in representation of our unique human responsibility to future generations of plants, animals, people, and the Land.


Statement of Hope

Together, our shared hope for the future of the Land and Borders is that there is an elimination of borders (and get back to humanity and see that we are all human beings).

What connects us, our common humanity, our love for each other, for the land, and for the common future, permits us to eliminate the borders, the fences, the differences that only serve to divide us from each other and from Mother Earth.



Tamara Cardinal is a Cree multi-media artist, community activist, and lifelong learner with mixed German descent. Born and raised in Treaty 6 Territory within Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, she currently lives in Moh-kíns-tsis, Treaty 7 Territory in Alberta. Tamara is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary and is the recipient of the 2017 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Young Artists Award. She also received the national BMO 1st Art! Competition Award in 2015. Cardinal’s work, Akohp: A Blanket, is currently on exhibition in the Alberta Biennial at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton. She was also a recent participant in the Indigenous Visual & Digital Arts Residency at The Banff Centre. Cardinal currently works within the urban Indigenous community as a Child Support worker, offering creative programming to families seeking shelter from domestic violence.