Bio & Artists' Statement
Catherine Dallaire was born in 1979 in Kitchener, Ontario and currently resides in Waterloo, Ontario. She is Métis with roots in both the Kichesipirini band of Algonquin (Allumette Island) and the Weskarini band of Algonquin (Trois-Rivières). Her work has exhibited in several past First Nations Art shows at the Woodland Cultural Centre, as well as at joint and juried exhibitions at the Glenhyrst Gallery, Brantford, and at the Neilson Park Creative Centre with the Ontario Society of Artists. Some of her works are owned by singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark, actor Adam Beach, playwright, author & musician Tomson Highway, writer John Ralston Saul, and Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde.. Her work has exhibited abroad in the avant-garde Art Basil LA, a counter-exhibit to the restrictive and exclusive Art Basel. Her first solo exhibition, Inawendiwag: They Are Related to Each Other, was held in early 2017 at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Catherine is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose work possesses unique form and energy, balancing elements and teachings from traditional Woodland art/Métis and Anishinaabe art & culture with contemporary techniques and subjects. With many works reflecting postcolonial messages, each piece aims to create synergy and harmony between these different stylings as a visual effort to build and maintain a balanced and peaceful relationship between her Anishinaabe and European ancestry. Many of her works strive to call to attention the importance of our connection to everything in nature, and respect towards it and all our relatives, particularly animals, plants and insects that are overlooked or whose importance and teachings have been altered by colonial attitudes and viewpoints.