Dolly is a mixed ndn city-dweller who dabbles in a variety of mediums, including acrylics, poetry and fiction, pen and pencil, chalk, stencil-work, and of course hundreds of sharpies. Dolly’s work tends towards the dark and macabre, both due to a fascination with skeletal structures and an ongoing struggle to understand and live with her personal and inherited ghosts.

2017 was Dolly’s first year at this event, although the artist had participated in this event in 2014 and 2015 under the name Red Bandit. The name Dolly is drawn from the title of the artist’s ongoing illustrated poetry collection “Dolly Deals with Death and other Melancholy Milestones” which grew into a character voice through which the artist has been able to do more personal, less anxiously political works.

Wheatpaste by Dolly Deals

Although social justice issues, especially gender and mixed/indigenous identity, are still driving forces behind Dolly’s work, in the last few years the artist has become more comfortable with sharing and drawing from her personal experiences in public arenas, especially struggling with mental health and chronic illness. The artist identifies as kwagu’ł and bigender, and is largely based out of Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario.

Mural by Dolly Deals, Unceded Voices 2017
Credits photos : Maxime Faure & Cecile Lopes