The New Youth Council Online Showcase - Ashley Beerdat

Ashley Beerdat

Land Before Time: Littlefoot's Journey (2020)

Ashley Beerdat Artwork

Artist Statement

In the prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed the earth, a massive famine caused herds of dinosaurs to go on a dangerous expedition and seek refuge in The Great Valley. However, the trek to this oasis was filled with hungry predators, rumbling volcanoes and earthquakes. In this dangerous journey for survival many dinosaurs were killed in the process, including a long neck mother who gave birth to her son Littlefoot before she passed. Guided by the voice of his mother who advised him to follow the sun and burning mountains of fire, the herd of dinosaurs follow Littlefoot to find their sanctuary.

I am an emerging visual artist of Guyanese descent who grew up in Mississauga. I graduated in 2019 from Western University completing a BA in Visual Arts and Art History. Using oil paint as my artistic medium I explore themes of mythology, folklore and storytelling to navigate the world around me. Storytelling stems from my culture as a GuyaneseCanadian in which I grew up listening to stories from elders to share lessons and pass down knowledge. Through my work I explore traditional folktales around evolution and the environment in a contemporary and whimsical manner. The tone of my artistic style is very childlike and playful inviting viewers to discover their own stories in these universal themes. My artistic process is spontaneous in which I allow the story to unfold through the painting process. In 2020, I completed an artist residency at Visual Arts Mississauga Riverwood. My work is held in Mississauga's permanent corporate art collection and has been featured at Peel Gallery and Museum Archives (PAMA), Artscape and the Small Arms Inspection Building.


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