métis-artist-smallTrickster Rabbit by Kristy Cameron. Picture courtesy of Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
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Submitted by Alastair MacKay with the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen and Métis artist Kristy Cameron is one of the Indigenous artists whose work is being featured in the exhibit Converging Lines: Recent Art From the Northwest at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. The exhibit is running from November 24, 2017 to February 25, 2018.

Converging Lines features the work of regional Indigenous artists and draws inspiration from the connective, emanating power lines found in the works of established Anishnaabe artists such as Norval Morrisseau, Roy Thomas and Ahmoo Angeconeb. Though each artist shares elements of their artistic approach and conceptual underpinnings with the innovative and ground-breaking work of their predecessors, the work by Kristy Cameron, and the other artists featured in the exhibit also speaks to current issues and sheds light on contemporary ways of making art.

Kristy Cameron is a teacher and visual artist, who was born and raised in Atikokan, Ontario. She is the daughter of MNO Atikokan and Area Métis Council President Marlene Davidson. Being raised surrounded by the beauty of the natural world has given her endless subjects to paint, while observing and researching this environment and its inner connections. As a Métis artist and descendant of numerous fur trade employees, she often incorporates Indigenous and historical content into her art. With this history and culture, we often see spiritual weavings throughout her pieces, which evoke sensations such as, mystery, energy, contentment, and joyfulness. Viewers often contemplate saying, “Every time I look at these paintings, I see something new!” The bright, bold colours are templates for more intricate images that unfurl deeper meanings within meanings.

Posted: Feburary 5, 2018