Blanket of Understanding
"Blanket of Understanding" is one piece of a larger puzzle that addresses the topic of HIV awareness. See more about the whole project and other artists panels at: http://www.hiv101.ca/Portals/0/Documents/PLNReclaimedMuralProjectWeb-REV.pdf
The ?Blanket of Understanding? dynamically interprets life cycles and promotes awareness encouraging greater understandings about HIV.
The cellular life cycle of HIV being absorbed and reproduced is portrayed within a format reflecting some elements of a traditional ceremonial robe used by many Northwest Coast First Nations, often called a ?Button Blanket?. The black background of the blanket conveys the image upon the universe bringing with it a universal perspective. Inside the cell structure are symbols promoting greater understanding across a wide variety of cultures alluding to the fact that HIV does not discriminate upon race, age, gender, sexual orientation or belief systems.
Jennifer is an artist and educator located in Prince George, British Columbia. Her ancestry includes Wet?suwet?un (a Dakelh/Carrier First Nation), French Canadian, and Italian. Jennifer is a proud member of the Lheidli T?enneh Band, ?the people from the confluence of the two rivers.? She grew up on the banks of the North Nechako River developing a fond understanding of, and strong enduring bond with, the natural environment.
All images © 1999-2012 Jennifer Annais Pighin