In Ad/Dressing the Universe Robinson (Kokomisminan Dibik-kakizis Nésaywin) Robinson converses about her four sculptures to provide a storyful background for exploring the evolution of Indigenous thought through generative, expanded, and interconnected, conscientious ways of being human and enhancing human agency. Are we prepared to jettison the baggage of ego and consequence to make space for the beauty of who we are in relation to all the exists? Who constructs, transforms, addresses the world becomes an inquiry about ‘all my Relations.’
Jocelyne Robinson is a member of the Timiskaming First Nation in Quebec. Her Algonquin Anishinaabe name is Kokomisminan Dibik-kakizis Nésaywin (Grandmother Moon’s Breath). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University, and a Masters in First Nations Curriculum in Education from Simon Fraser University. She earned her PhD in Education in the Cross Faculty Inquiry Department in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. Her scholarly work and her artistic practice focus on creating an interface for dialogue about Indigenous and Western knowledge systems. Robinson has worked nationally and internationally as a sculptor and performance artist. Nationally, she was a finalist for one of Canada’s largest First Nations public art commissions for the University of Regina. Internationally, her work “Dancing to the Songs of the Universe” was the first Canadian permanent public art sculpture mounted in Shanghai, China.