In her application essay to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Ursula A. Johnson made a statement of "I am not an Aboriginal Artist, just an Artist who is Aboriginal.
The more time she spent questioning her reasons for art production the more Aboriginal focused her art became. I came to understand that my art practice was about the re-discovery of my identity as a Mi’kmaw."
While at NSCAD, she began an exploration on the baskets of her Great-Grandmother (Caroline Gould). Those early investigations would inform the future of her work.
Ursula’s practice ranges in styles and techniques, including basketry, photography, screen printing, drawing, video, theatre, installation and performance. Her conceptual works combine images and elements from a multitude of sources that explore and challenge ideas of ancestry, identity and culture.
Ursula has exhibited her Urban Aboriginal Guide to Halifax, NS (2008) at the Dalhousie University Art Gallery, and collaborated with her cousin Jordan Bennett in an endurance performance L’nuk (2010) at The Other Gallery of the Banff Centre for the Arts, and most recently has been selected as 1 of 27 Artists for the Canada Council for the Arts publication of Expressions: Canadian Aboriginal Artists.