In lieu of an artist statement, please read my Artist’s Manifesto.
I am a weaver, printmaker, painter, photographer and writer.
Our mother moved us to the Southwest in 1987, while I was still gestating in her tummy. She studied fashion design at IAIA that following year, and always felt it was then and there that everything happened for her. The Southwest became her artist retreat, where she made her work. When she’d return to the Northwest Coast, it was always “go-go-go”; a calendar full of workshops, parties, events. In the Southwest, she learned to relax; tea in the morning sun, walking, camping, swimming, shopping.
While my older siblings and parents knew the quench of community swollen with definite sustenance — for me — it was the innocence of giant mountains blushing at their sunset, and the poetic immensity of the starry night that nourished me into this being.
We are steeped in a specific slurry of climates, cultures, moments, commitments, whims — from a millennia of memories passed onto us by ancestors and dreamed up by those to come. When we let a bit of us seep out onto paper, canvas, panel, fiber — the vastness of our infinite selves finds a tangible form, indefinitely. That is art.
Photos by Wildcrafted Photography
Ursala is of caucasian, filipino and Alaska Native descent. The exposure to Tlingit culture and traditions in tandem with the dominant Western society have cultivated a blurred world view and esoteric philosophies on life and art-making. She oftentimes finds herself caught between opposing schools of thought and aesthetic preferences, inciting further inquiry — driving the creative process.
“Kadusné” is the Tlingit name given to Ursala Hudson by her mother. It is a verb, translating as “they are weaving”.
As her daily rituals evolve to support deliberate creativity, Ursala refers to her inner “diety”, or essential self, as Kadusné. Immediately, upon honoring the name and divine essence, the two personas yoke. The Ego tends to draw back, the ancestors step closer, and Kadusné can be found working.
Ursala has a BA in Art from Fort Lewis College. She grew up in a creative household and has been ecstatic about exploring artistic mediums her entire short life. In 2016, her sister and mother submerged Ursala into the tantalizing waters of Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving. Drenched in its all-consuming power, she is presently brainstorming strategies to allow for a life that revolves around her weaving loom.
Ursala currently resides in Southwest Colorado with her partner, Chris Haas, and their two daughters, Amélie and Simone. She is the founding board President for the Pagosa Peak Open School, the first district-authorized charter school in Archuleta County. She is also the Vice President of Spirit Uprising, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the integrity of Ravenstail and Chilkat Weaving.
Presentations & Collaborations
- “Giving Strength Robe” collaborative robe marketing manager and participant. SpiritUprising.com Juneau, AK. 2018-present.
- “Celebration 2018 Weaving Presentation” lecture. Juneau, AK. 2018
- “Returning to Spirit: Chilkat & Ravenstail Weavings of the Northwest Coast” lecture. Burke Museum, WA. 2017.
- “Weavers Across the Waters” collaborative robe participant. Evergreen Longhouse, OR. 2016.
- “Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Juried Art Show 2020” Virtual Celebration. Award: Best of Category. Juneau, AK. 2020.
- “Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Juried Art Show 2018” Walter Soboleff Building. Award: Best of Division. Juneau, AK. 2018.
- “HAASALA” The Lift Coffee House. Hudson-Haas family show. Pagosa Springs, CO. 2018.
- “Descendants of the Masters: Chilkat Faces” Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Juneau, AK. 2017.
- “Boogeyman and Other Misbehavers.” Haas Brothers Gallery. Group show. Pagosa Springs, CO. 2016.
- “Red. White. Blue.” Haas Brothers Gallery. Group show. Pagosa Springs, CO. 2016.
- “Against the Grain” ERA Art & Vintage. Aztec, NM. 2016.
- “Ursala Hudson: A Retrospective” The Lift Coffee House. Pagosa Springs, CO. 2016.
- “53rd Annual Student Juried Exhibition” Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. Durango, CO. 2014.
- “Cecil Touchon & Select Works from the Museum of Collage, Assemblage, & Construction” Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. Durango, CO. 2014.
- “Art of it All 2” Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts. Pagosa Springs, CO. 2013.
- “Graduating Senior Art Majors Exhibition” Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. Durango, CO. 2013.
- “52nd Annual Student Juried Exhibition” Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. Durango, CO. 2013.