Artist Talk: Catherine Blackburn
$20 General, $10 Students, Members and Indigenous Participants FREE
Inspired by her late Setsuné’s (grandmother) incredible talent of garment making, hide-tanning and adornment, Catherine Blackburn’s work grounds itself in the Indigenous feminine. She invites you to this conversation as she reflects on her wearable art practice and its intersection between Indigenous fashion, collaboration and community.
This program is in partnership with the Two Rivers Gallery in British Columbia, and is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts.
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 in her practice she explores Indigenous sovereignty, decolonization and representation. 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, New Mexico and Radical Stitch: The Mackenzie Art Gallery. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including the Saskatchewan RBC Emerging Artist Award, the Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award, publications in Vogue and In Style magazines, her inclusion on the 2019 Sobey Art Award longlist, the prestigious Eitlejorg Contemporary Art Fellowship and most recently was 1/6 Forge Project Fellows.