with these hands, from this land
FEBRUARY 7 - APRIL 18, 2020
Kenderdine Art Gallery
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 AT 7PM
curator, Leah Taylor
exhibition essay, Lindsay Nixon
with these hands, from this land brings together an
exhibition of new works from Catherine Blackburn,
following a one month residency that will take place in the Kenderdine Art Gallery in
January, 2020. Catherine Blackburn’s practice is centered on contemporary interpretations of traditional Aboriginal forms. Her work in beading, painting, and jewelry address Canada’s colonial past, prompted by personal narratives. Through the subject of family, she is inspired to express her own feelings and experiences that speak to the complexities of memory, history, and identity. Her art merges contemporary concepts with elements of traditional Dene culture that create dialogue between traditional art forms and new interpretations of them.
JANUARY 13 - FEBRUARY 7, 2020
KENDERDINE ART GALLERY
Artist Catherine Blackburn will be working in the Kenderdine Art Gallery as the artist-in-residence from Jan 13 - Feb 7, 2020. Visitors are encouraged to visit the gallery and engage with the artist during this process. Blackburn will be creating new works for her solo exhibition with these hands, from this land.
Catherine Blackburn was born in Patuanak, Saskatchewan, of Dene and European ancestry, and is a member of the English River First Nation. She is a multidisciplinary artist and jeweller. Her work has exhibited in notable national and international exhibitions and fashion runways including; Àbadakone, National Gallery of Canada, Santa Fe Haute Couture Fashion Show, Niigaanikwewag (2nd iteration), Art Gallery of Mississauga, and Art Encounters on the Edge, Bonavista Biennale, Newfoundland. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including the Saskatchewan RBC Emerging Artist Award, the Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award, a publication in Vogue online magazine, as well as her inclusion on the 2019 Sobey Art Award longlist.