NEW AGE WARRIORS by Catherine Blackburn
March 7 - May 3
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Art Gallery of Swift Current is closed until further notice.
This includes the RC Dahl Centre facility and Gallery exhibition, along with the Dickson Art Studios and all education programs and art classes. The Swift Current Branch Library and all of the City of Swift Current recreation and culture facilities are also closed.
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Catherine Blackburn’s practice is centered on contemporary interpretations of traditional Aboriginal forms. In New Age Warriors, she uses the framework of beading to explore cultural identity, memory, and history. Blackburn is using Perler beads to create life-size warrior garments and language medallions. Each outfit is an amalgamation of elements based on traditional female clothing from different nations in Canada, speaking to the diversity of Canada’s Aboriginal women. Although embedded floral and geometric designs will be drawn from traditional imagery, the structure of the garments is futuristic to assert that Aboriginal women’s resiliency is their “new age armour.” The plastic Perler beads are important in this regard. Due to North America’s growing consumerism there is an overabundance of plastic waste. By reinventing plastic through garment making, Blackburn comments on the relationship between Aboriginal women and the land in terms of ingenuity and adaptation to environment.
Curated by Jesse Campbell; Organized by the Mann Art Gallery in partnership with MJM&AG, Indigenous People’s Artist Collective, Chapel Gallery and the Art Gallery of Swift Current.