Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
Krystal Bigsky: Sustain the Roots
December 7, 2023 - February 19, 2024
Dry Goods Gallery, 1012 Drouillard Road, Ford City
This solo exhibition features new works by Krystal Bigsky that continue her exploration in beadwork and in textile, made during her residency at Art Windsor-Essex. Bigsky uses floral, geometric, contemporary and original designs that speak to her ancestry and identity as a Cree/Saulteaux woman. By carrying on this craft, Bigsky highlights how women share knowledge and build community. Bigsky states, “When I think of our ancestors, our relatives, the ones who carried on the heirloom to our generations; I think of how this created space for us to learn, heal and build a positive community. It’s a form of bonding and therefore we are able to share, and also learn who we are. When I bead, it is very therapeutic and most special when my children watch and observe to also learn the techniques. It is something that was meant to be passed down in our families.”
About the artist: Krystal Bigsky
Krystal Bigsky is a third-year current Visual Arts student at the University of Windsor from Touchwood Agency, Treaty 4 Territory in Southern Saskatchewan. Over the last few years, she has created art through beadwork and textile work. Krystal is a mother and professional powwow dancer, who travels across the Canada and the United States of America. Recently, Krystal has been combining elements of sculpture, textile, time base, photography and collage with her beadwork. Krystal has a deep fascination with landscapes and natural elements and incorporates them into her work.