Vian Esterhuizen

For more than a decade, I had a career as a front-end web developer, and I learned a lot about web based technologies and digital experiences. I am currently exploring how to use the skills I've acquired as well as everything I'm learning about accessibility into more physically based work. My main focus now is creating augmented reality experiences using web based mixed reality technologies.

As a primarily web based artist I can work anywhere, but I physically take up space as a settler on the traditional Treaty 7 territory of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut'ina nations. I acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. In recognizing all the people that took care of this land before me, and who still do, I hope that I am able to listen and to learn how to move forward in being part of a better future. I am very early in my journey and have a lot to work on both internally and externally. One of my favourite tools so far in this journey has been Native Land Digital and my favourite book is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

AI generated portait of a tall man with long brown hair at a cafe using DALLE 2
Portrait of me generated using OpenAI's DALL·E 2