Main Gallery – April 28th to July 9th, 2023
Catherine Blackburn merges contemporary concepts with elements of traditional Dene culture that create dialogue between traditional art forms and new interpretations of them. She uses a variety of techniques and processes including video and photography but maintains a strong focus on beadworking. This exhibition combines selections of recent work including Unsettle, and New Age Warriors. Unsettle is a video-centred suite of artworks which explores settler impact. New Age Warriors, rooted in photography, clothing design and beading, imagines “a future filled with strong Indigenous women in protective armour battling stereotypes and facing colonialism by channeling the power of love”. Longlisted for the Sobey Art Award and featured in Vogue online magazine Blackburn’s practice resonates with both the art and fashion worlds as she asserts her voice as a New Age Warrior, sage, empowered and using her work to heal the wounds of colonialism.