Introducing Artist Dee Barsy
Mayberry Fine Art is proud to introduce Dee Barsy to our line up of exceptional gallery artists with a featured exhibition at our Winnipeg Tuxedo gallery. On display from May 21st until June 11th, 2021.
Dee Barsy (Ojibwe) is an emerging visual artist and a member of Skownan First Nation, Manitoba (Treaty 2). Barsy was raised on Treaty 1 territory: the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. She is currently enrolled in the MFA Studio Arts program at Concordia University, living and working on the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, Quebec. Barsy graduated with a BFA from the University of Manitoba. In September 2017, Dee was commissioned to create artworks for the INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The exhibition featured the work of 29 emerging to established contemporary Indigenous artists from across Canada. Barsy had her first solo exhibition at
Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery in September 2019. There, she transformed the gallery space, floor to wall, with a mural featuring abstract representations of various local insects and spiders painted on top of her signature rhythmic lines and blue background. Her artwork is included in the Global Affairs Visual Art Collection, the Manitoba Museum collection, the Winnipeg Art Gallery collection and many private collections.
About the Exhibition
As a fundamental concept in Indigenous philosophy, interconnection is a theme that Barsy regularly explores in her art practice. Naagozi (S/he is visible) is a series of paintings that feature abstract shapes and depictions of animals painted with vibrant colours on Barsy’s signature teal blue backgrounds. Barsy approaches her subjects with genuine curiosity and care. In her latest series, she chooses animals native to Turtle Island (North America), with a specific focus on those who live on the prairie. She brings attention to the natural environment and admiration for each animal’s unique personality through her painterly focus. Their abstracted and flatly rendered bodies float playfully in relation to bold lines and graphic forms. Together, the paintings maintain a harmonious complexity in their colourful and rhythmic representations. Each painting is as much an individual entity as it is a part of the whole series– suggesting how our individual yet interconnected roles might impact our larger community on this territory.
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