Amanda Amour Lynx (she/they) is a queer, Two Spirit, mixed Mi’kmaw interdisciplinary artist, social worker and curator currently living in Guelph, Ontario. Lynx was born and grew up in Tiotia:ke (Montreal) and is a member of Wagmatcook FN. Lynx received a BFA from OCAD University in Drawing and Painting, minoring in Indigenous Visual Culture. Indigenous storywork and socially engaged practices that explore healing and re-narrating trauma are a focus in Lynx’s practice.
Their art making is a hybridity of traditional approaches with new media and digital arts. Lynx engages with an experimental process involving beadwork, textiles, and regalia-making combined with contemporary digital practices, sculpture, installation, performance, sound art, painting, zine-making, and alternative mediums. Guided by the Mi’kmaq principles netukulimk (reciprocity) and etuaptmumk (two-eyed seeing), Lynx’s artistic practice discusses land and relationality, environmental issues, navigating systems and societal structures, sexuality, cultural and gender identity, Indigenous (l’nui’smk) language resurgence, quantum and spiritual multiplicities.
Amour-Lynx’s most recent project (2021) includes developing, launching and facilitating a 13 week program for Indigiqueer, two spirit and LGBT+ youth with their organization, Canadian Roots Exchange. Intended to build virtual community during the pandemic and reduce feelings of social isolation, Virtual Beginner Two Spirit Regalia Making Program allows youth 18-29 across Turtle Island to receive access to genderfluid ceremonial teachings, pow wow culture and beginner skills in developing and ideating their own dance and spiritual regalia items through a closed zoom group targeted towards cultural safety and strengthening their relationship to identity, community and culture. Their most recent curatorial work includes Shapeshifters at Beaver Hall Gallery (Toronto) as part of the annual Bi+ Arts Festival, showcasing and centering the experiences of bisexual and queer artists, their 2019 iteration highlighting two spirit identity and unique epistemology. Their writing was published as part of grunt gallery’s Together Apart anthology (2020), and revue esse (2020). Lynx also worked as program assistant at Xpace Cultural Centre, a cultural programming hub and art gallery serving emerging artists (Toronto) from 2016-2018. Their artwork has been featured in gallery spaces and publications nationally.