Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 6:00am - 6:50am
Recital Hall 12:00 noon Sept 15, 2010
"Alberta-based artist Faye HeavyShield draws inspiration for her work from her experiences growing up on the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta and her life as a Blackfoot woman. Using her personal history as motivation and inspiration for her work, HeavyShield often begins her process with journal writing. From her writing she extracts particularly intense and poignant memories which she turns into drawings, these drawings inform her sculptures, which are often realized through the use of multiples.
HeavyShield studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design (1980-1985) and the University of Calgary (1985-86). Since the early 1990s her work has been exhibited throughout Canada in numerous important solo and group exhibitions since including; Land, Spirit, Power, National Gallery of Canada (1992); Heart, Hoof, Horn, Glenbow Museum, Calgary (1993, traveling); She: A Roomful of Women, Thunder Bay Art Gallery (1994); Nations in Urban Landscapes, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (1995); and Spiral and Other Parts of the Body, La Centrale/Powerhouse, Montreal (1997). HeavyShield's work is held in public and private collections throughout North America, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Kelowna Art Gallery and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona."