Located in CB 201.4, hallway (College Avenue 2nd Floor)
Acrylic on canvas
28″ x 20″ ea.
University of Regina President’s Art Collection (Annual Indigenous Acquisition); pc.2022.20
My work examines the connection between traditional and modern Indigenous knowledge. As an Indigenous artist, I embody past, present, and future Indigenousness, as well as spirit and science. Energy is vibrational information that changes states, transmitted from one generation to the next, and sometimes disrupted. How I can record that change as energy stretches, contracts, and changes throughout time is what interests me. At the heart of my practice is abstraction and abstract expressionism. Occasionally, concealed patterns in my work refer to the grandmothers and grandfathers in the spirit world. Scale is employed to immerse audiences in my work. A focus is placed on color to evoke an emotional response and to convey cultural teachings. Digital post-processing tools are used to refine painted works, enabling the production of digital or augmented reality animations that bring paintings to life and extend their boundaries. Augmented reality represents the spirit world existing in the physical; whether you see it or not, it is there. Learning traditional knowledge and language is important to me, but I use my artistic practice, which blends traditional and modern techniques, to reimagine this knowledge in my own way.
Brody Burns, 2022
Brody Burns is a nehiyaw (Plains Cree) artist from James Smith Cree Nation, Treaty 6.
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