Faye HeavyShield

About the Artist

Faye HeavyShield is of the Blood tribe and is a member of the Kainaiwa Nation. She was born and raised on the Blood Reserve in Southern Alberta and studied art at the Alberta College of Art and Design and at the University of Calgary, both in Calgary, Alberta.

An announcement from the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba states that, “HeavyShield describes her art as a reflection of her environment and personal history as lived in the physical geography of southern Alberta with its prairie grass, river coulees, and wind and an upbringing in the Kainai community (with a childhood stint in the Catholic  residential schoolA system of schools opened in Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries for Aboriginal children. The primary goal of these schools was to assimilate the children into the non-native cultural system. For more information, go to: The Canadian Residential School System at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_residential_school_system A Lost Heritage: Canada’s Residential Schools: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_residential_school_system Residential Schools at the Canadian Encyclopedia: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0011547 The Indian Residential School Survivors Society: http://www.irsss.ca/   system). The past, present and imagined make up the vocabulary used to realize her thoughts and ideas; responses and references to the body, land, and language.”  (Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, 2005)

HeavyShield employs memory and knowledge of her heritage and combines it with present day concepts to produce her highly acclaimed  minimalistMinimalism is a twentieth century art movement and style stressing the idea of reducing a work of art to the minimum number of colors, values, shapes, lines and textures. No attempt is made to represent or symbolize any other object or experience. It is sometimes called ABC art, minimal art, reductivism, and rejective art. (artlex.com)  objects and installations. Her works have been exhibited widely and can be found in numerous collections. She currently lives and works in Lethbridge, Alberta.


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