Artist combines personal stories and life lessons

Latcham Art Centre launches a solo exhibition by Nathalie Bertin, entitled Loup Garou & Moccasins: A Story in Multi-Mediums.

The exhibition is a diverse collection of paintings, photographs and mixed-media beaded sculptures by Bonfield-based, Franco-Métis artist Nathalie Bertin.

Nathalie Bertin, In the Beginning: Assababich, Marie, Pierre (Triptych), 2022, acrylic, 48″ x 36″. Images courtesy of the artist.

The exhibition combines personal stories from the artist’s life and upbringing, centered within a larger, ongoing context of negotiating identity that Métis communities have had to process and resolve for centuries.

The exhibition pauses on different aspects of Bertin’s life, starting with early-learned stories and tales expressed through the creation of moccushions. These sculptures use beadwork, silk embroidery, quills, fish scales, and other materials to acknowledge meticulous Métis craftwork and other traditional designs relevant to the artist’s upbringing. On surrounding gallery walls, paintings and short photo-essays tell stories of Bertin’s life so far, including reflections on her growth, ancestors, and her thoughts and dreams.

The exhibition runs from September 2 to October 29. The opening reception is scheduled for September 9 from 7-9 p.m. All are welcome, admission is free.

In conjunction with this exhibition, the artist will be giving a virtual talk on her practice and the concepts embedded within her exhibition.

Engage with the artist on Zoom on September 13 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information, visit latchamartcentre.ca/our-events.

 

Image: Nathalie Bertin, Memorial to Jeanne Couc, 2021, mixed media, 12″ x 12″. Image courtesy of the artist.

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