Northern Pawn, South Vietnam, 2009

Joi T. Arcand is an artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory, currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. Recent solo exhibitions include Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, AB); ODD Gallery (Dawson City, Yukon); Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon); Wanuskewin Heritage Park (Saskatoon); Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina); Gallery 101 (Ottawa). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Karsh-Masson Art Gallery (Ottawa); McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, ON); The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (Asheville, North Carolina); Woodland School at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art (Montreal); Ottawa Art Gallery; PAVED Arts (Saskatoon); and grunt gallery (Vancouver). Arcand has been artist in residence at Wanuskewin Heritage Park (Saskatoon); OCAD University; Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art; the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; and Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (Dawson City, Yukon). She has served as chair of the board of directors for PAVED Arts in Saskatoon and was the co-founder of the Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary aboriginal art gallery in Saskatoon. She was founder and editor of the Indigenous art magazine, kimiwan (2012-2014), and most recently curated Language of Puncture at Gallery 101 (Ottawa).


not quite whole...

uv silkscreen print on paper, 2015
Photo credit: Available Light Photographics & Design

Artist Statement:

My works depict the issues that I face as a Cree woman, mother, and grandmother. They are a critical examination of contemporary Cree condition. They portray pericolonialism's ongoing impact on my place within family, community, culture, territory, society.  So many questions generate and direct my research and response. The questions help me to process "the shit in my head" – hybridity, nationalism, dichotic realities – in a way that supports moving forward. My process allows for the paintings, prints, and sculptures to act as a doorway for the personal experiences depicted to transcend relevance to others who also find themselves navigating through their own interstitial space. Perhaps my attempt at reaching a larger audience - other Crees, other Canadians, other peoples - will create a bridge to similar or identical experience, building a common ground of understanding that I hope will help my children and grandchildren.

Audrey Dreaver is a painter, curator, instructor, and consultant. She is nehiyiwak (plains Cree) and her family comes from the Mistawasis and Ahtahkakoop Cree Nations of Central Saskatchewan. Audrey holds a BFA Studio Arts and BA Museum Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and an MFA Studio from the University of Regina. Audrey has served on various Councils/Boards including as Board Chair of TRIBE Inc.; Canadian Museum for Human Rights Advisory Council Member; and Board Member of the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society. Her time is split between Fine Art and Museology researching and teaching art technique, Indigenous art histories, exhibit development, and the care and repatriation of Indigenous material culture.  She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at the First Nations University of Canada and the University of Regina where she teaches Native art histories from an Indigenous perspective. Her current work continues the exploration of her family's language loss in the public school system, and has expanded to also include the disconnection to the medicine knowledge carried by her maternal grandmothers.