Beadwork is part of a new art exhibition
- EFN Staff | February 11, 2022
Katherine Boyer who is of Metis & Settler descent is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work is focused on methods bound to textile arts and producing things by hand, this includes: fabric manipulation, papermaking, woodworking and beadwork. Her exhibition called, How the Sky Carries The Sun opened on Jan. 13 at the Art Gallery of Regina, located at 2420 Elphinstone St.
“How the Sky Carries the Sun is a universe that extends beyond my complex and seemingly dichotomous identity," she said in a news release. "This exhibition explores internalized dualities, expressed as the relationship between the sun and the sky, a connection that exemplifies distinct but supportive experiences.”
Boyer’s art and research encompasses personal family narratives mixed with Métis history, material culture, and architectural spaces.
Her work often explores boundaries between two opposing things as an effort to better understand both sides of a perceived dichotomous identity. This manifests in long, slow, and considerate laborious processes that attempt to unravel and better understand history, environmental influences, and personal memories.
“The living paradox of the title is a buoyant state of in-betweenness and potentially contradictory experiences," said Boyer. It represents my queerness and my craftiness (blended with my simultaneous desire for functionality), my own hardness and softness, and my stillness that isn’t still at all. The exhibition title is an invisible through-line for structural support to explore a Queer, Métis phenomenology.
Phenomenology helps me to ask an important question about self-consciousness and identity: “Am I the sky, or am I the sun?”
The online tour debuts Feb. 17 as part of the Sâkêwêwak First Nations Artists' Collectives' Storytellers' Festival.
Boyer is to lead the online audience on a tour of her exhibition. More information can be found online at www.artgalleryofregina.ca.
The online tour is available until Mar.13.