Kary Ann Katsi’tsaroroks Deer-Hoogendijk is a Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) woman from Kahnawake Territory in Quebec, Canada.
“I have been developing my art since childhood. I became quite accomplished in pencil illustration, beadwork, and other traditional native crafting by the time I was finishing High School. Courses at John Abbott College in Ceramics, Art History and Illustration helped to develop my interest in other mediums; Painting, sculpting and multi-media collage were added to my repertoire. I work predominantly in acrylics, oil pastels, pencil, soap stone and clay. My painting style varies from surreal to impressionistic and abstract. When I draw, I tend to illustrate the realism of the subject as I do in my sculptures. I’ve always kept a journal. I feel writing is a therapeutic method of expression, whether it is through poetry, short stories, fiction or non-fiction. I self-published a collection of my poems which I launched at the Echoes of a Proud Nation Pow-Wow in June 2006. My most recent work includes collections of painted turtle shells. There are several series in circulation including; Turtle Shell Legends Collection starting with “Windigo”, “Little People”, “SkyWoman”, “Wolf” and “Four Directions”. The Turtle Shell Medicines Collection consists of “Strawberry” and “Three Sisters” and “Sacred Tobacco” thus far. I intend to limit each collection to 10 pieces. I have recently assembled with 5 women singers; we represent the Wendat, Innu, Cree, Saulteaux, Anishnabeg, and Kanien’kehaka nations in an aboriginal women’s Singing Society called Odaya. We perform traditional, social and ceremonial songs for special events and ceremonies. We are a registered non-profit, raising funds for aboriginal causes. I am on an endless journey of self exploration, modifying and molding my perception of my life around and within me to expose thoughts, questions, revelations, outrage, etc. in a way that facilitates the perpetual process of personal growth and understanding through art. There are no self imposed limitations to this demonstration. My future goals include attending an Artistic Make-up course and developing a new series of writing; short stories and poem to be published in 2009.”