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, whose common themes address Canada’s colonial past that are often prompted by personal narratives. Her work merges mixed media and fashion to create dialogue between historical art forms and new interpretations of them. Through utilizing beadwork and other historical adornment techniques, she creates space to explore Indigenous sovereignty, decolonization and representation. Her work has been exhibited in notable national and international exhibitions and fashion runways.
Image: Detail, Catherine Blackburn, Scooped, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
EXHIBITION: MaterializedApril 21, 2023 - June 3, 2023
Curated by Ariel Smith and featuring works by Joi T. Arcand, Celeste Pedri-Spade, Catherine Blackburn and Nadya Kwandibens, Materialized examines themes of intergenerational memory, familial narrative, and decolonization through artworks combining portrait photography with elements from adornment arts, textiles, sculpture, and customary Indigenous art practices.
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