Reconciling Self | Connie Watts

June 14 to September 6, 2014

Join us for the opening reception and meet the artist!
Friday, June 13, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Thursday, August 7, 12:15pm FREE docent tour. Join us for this
lunchtime exhibition tour - Bring the whole family

Artist Talk: Saturday, September 6, 2:00pm

wpembraceReconciling Self  features new artworks by Connie Watts, a mixed media artist and designer of Nuu-Chah-Nulth, Kwakwaka’wakwa, and Gitxsan ancestry, based in Port Alberni. Her studio practice is characterized by the use of contemporary media and techniques that recast and re-imagine Northwest Coast traditions, and express the hybrid status of all cultures in the 21st century.

Reconciling Self addresses issues of cultural-mixing and exchange, through the lens of a First Nations artist working with traditional forms in non-traditional media. It also considers the processes of healing, and rebuilding of a unified self that Watts has followed in the years after a serious car accident. The experiences of seeing the world from a range of internal perspectives left her with a new sense of the life that connects all things. In our era of time-space compression, distinctions in geography and history have broken down with advances in technologies of movement and communication, resulting in traditional and regional cultures becoming increasingly blended. The ties that connect peoples and cultures, even our sense of self, are harder to see.

Connie Watts has exhibited across North America, including a solo exhibition in Winnipeg (Re-Generation at the Urban Shaman Gallery) and as part of Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, an exhibition that toured the United States. Watts emerging leadership role on the West Coast art scene was confirmed through her work as project manager (and contributing artist) for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Aboriginal Art Program.

Justin McGrail, Curator

 

Image: Embrace, 2013, 4' x  4", acrylic on canvas

Supported by:           cancounc

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