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Item Name: Mixed Media
Title: Red River Trails
Maker: Katherine Boyer
Year: 2015
Country: Metis
Materials: seed beads, stroud cloth
Measurements: 16 x 20 inches
ID Number: PC2018.7
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: In this beaded artwork, Métis artist Katherine Boyer used a Google map image of her family’s historical land to create this image. Boyer sees the piece as a way to “…reclaim a digital landscape as one that can be explored through traditional means.” Through this work, Boyer examines her relationship with tradition, family, culture, and history as it has changed and sustained through advanced technologies. Much of Boyer’s practice is dedicated to labour-intensive processes that evoke family memories and connects her with shared histories among generations of women in her family. Katherine Boyer is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work is focused on methods bound to textile arts and the handmade, including fabric manipulation, papermaking, woodworking and beadwork. Boyer’s art and research is entrenched in Métis history, material culture and personal family narratives. Through the experience of long, slow, and considerate laborious processes, Boyer contemplates the use of her own Métis body as a conduit for building upon ancestor relations. Boyer has received a BFA from the University of Regina and an MFA at the University of Manitoba. She currently holds a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, School of Art.