Sierra Barber (she/her) is an Upper Mohawk/ mixed artist from Norfolk County, ON, currently living in Tiohtiá:ke/ Montreal, QC. She graduated from OCAD University with a BFA in 2015, majoring in Sculpture and Installation with a minor in the Indigenous Visual Culture Program. Sierra is currently pursuing an MFA in the Painting and Drawing program at Concordia University.
Barber has been exploring the characteristics of wax as a medium for a decade, developing a process that allows full control over the material. She creates small scale, meditative works where beads of hot wax are precisely applied and built up in layers to create intricate patterns both planned and intuitive. Sierra’s professional practice has explored themes of preservation, transformation, identity and the collection of memory.