*In the permanent collection of The Art Gallery of Alberta*
A collaboration with first nation performance artist and 'sacred clown' Skeena Reece. Here is Skeena's description of her vision for the painting:
"This painting was a commission for Moss by Collin Elder. Elder is a sur(realist) oil painter who often uses the natural beauty of the land, its resources and humanity. I asked him to put as many animals from the furthest reaches of Turtle Island, including a dead beluga whale from the Vancouver Aquarium, a haida style totem pole made by non haida carvers in the US, a bored wolf, a simpleton bear, an albino moose and whatever notion he had that would make you want to think; alright already, please stop. He was very uncomfortable with the idea of perpetuating the romanticism of me, the native maiden and the contentious totem pole. However, he made the piece knowing that his work was also being satirized and that he was being an ally to my vision. This was meant to create an imbalance of romanticism of native form and the realist photos of my nude body. I, as the artist, am central in that I author the witness to gaze upon me in a genre that is generally reserved for voyeurism or the perpetuation of native stereotyping."