Rosalie Favell

About the Artist

Artist/photographer Rosalie Favell is a Winnipeg-born artist of Métis and English ancestry.  Anita Euteneier states about Favell‘s formative years, “[t]he daughter of a  CreeThe largest group of First Nations in Canada, and part of the Algonquian language family. See the Canadian Encyclopedia for more information: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0002005  father and a non-native mother, Favell grew up in a middle class Winnipeg suburb without any celebration of her native ancestry.”  (Euteneier, 2000)

Curator Barry Ace sheds more light on her youth and her art when he states, “Favell describes her examination of her Métis heritage as a means to relearn or name it.  Growing up, Favell did not realize she was Métis for no one really questions their identity until they are confronted by it (or by being different).  So, her early years were somewhat naïve, noting that her parents, siblings, and friends of that time, were simply living it.  Being Métis just wasn’t named.” (Ace, 2007)

As an adult, Favell works through ideas related to her own identity and Métis culture in her photography.  Barry Ace notes that, “Favell is clearly not speaking for Métis people, nor is she presenting herself as a spokeswoman or expert on Métis culture.  What she is presenting is her personal journey through the 21st century as a  contemporaryCurrent, belonging to the same period of time. Usually referring to our present time, but can refer to being current with any specified time. (Artlex.com)  Métis woman.  Like the work of those she admires like Diane Arbus, Julia Margaret Cameron, Louis Gonzales Palma, and Shelley Niro, Favell too is contributing to a deeper understanding of our collective  contemporaryCurrent, belonging to the same period of time. Usually referring to our present time, but can refer to being current with any specified time. (Artlex.com)  reality.” (Ace, 2007)

Favell is highly involved in the Aboriginal Arts community as a lecturer and workshop leader.  Writer Keith Berens describes Favell’s approach:  “[t]hrough her photographs Rosalie is involved in an exploration of her identity within community.  Her notion of community is a multi-layered one encompassing her Métis origins, family, gender, and sexuality.  The internal resolution of external questions, and the individual versus society’s norm and paradigms, are issues central to Rosalie’s photographs and life.” (Berens, 1996)

Favell’s mother, the family photographer, and her sister from whom she received her first camera, have been influential in Favell’s choice of studying photography and art.  Since 2008 she has been continuing her education in Ottawa, Ontario where she is a pursuing a PhD in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University.  Rosalie received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and her Bachelor of Applied Arts in Photographic Arts from the Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Toronto.

Read biography in  CreeThe largest group of First Nations in Canada, and part of the Algonquian language family. See the Canadian Encyclopedia for more information: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0002005  here


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