MAIN SPACE RECEPTION
SEPTEMBER 8 – SEPTEMBER 30, 1995
RECEPTION: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1995 AT 8 PM
ARTIST TALK: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1995 AT 2 PM
LOCATION – STRIDE GALLERY
722, 11 AVE S.W, CALGARY, ALBERTA
Over the years, the sculpture and drawings of Calgary artist, Faye Heavyshield, have been produced in conjunction with journal entries, poems and stories based on her own life experiences and those of others. Until recently, her writing has been integral, but private component in her artmaking process.
In 1994, Heavyshield exhibited her installation, She: a room full of women at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and for the first time her text was placed in a primary and public role. In September, Faye will build a site-specific installation at the Stride Gallery in Calgary. FROM WITHIN THE WALL will present her text as an audio component. Articles of women’s clothing stiffened by meaty, red-ocre paint will be piled high to create the wall. Oral histories of many anonymous women rhythmically chanting from within the wall will serve to evoke memory. This blending of voices and objects will become a metaphor for the collective strength of women.
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. HeavyShield employs memory and knowledge of her heritage and combines it with present day concepts to produce her highly acclaimed minimalist objects and installations. Her works have been exhibited widely and can be found in numerous collections. She currently lives and works in Lethbridge, Alberta.