Graduating Fine Arts students showcased by AGSM

May 24, 2022

The incredible art of three members of Brandon University’s (BU’s) Class of 2022 will be on exhibition this summer at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (AGSM).

Nicole Brasseur, Carly Morrisseau and Faith Rae will be featured in the joint exhibition Reclaiming Our Narratives, from May 26 to July 16. All three are Bachelor of Fine Arts students in the IshKaabatens Waasa Gaa Inaabateg Department of Visual Art at BU, and the presentation in the AGSM’s Community Gallery is built around their thesis exhibitions.

Special events associated with the exhibition, include an in-person opening reception on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m., at the AGSM. On Saturday, June 4 at noon, the artists will take part in a virtual roundtable talk with AGSM curator Lucie Lederhendler. More information on the exhibition and events can be found on the AGSM website at AGSM.ca/reclaiming-our-narratives.

Brasseur’s exhibition, a chronic invisibility, conveys the physical and psychological dis-ease that accompanies the invisible disability of chronic pain. For chronic pain sufferers, the need to articulate suffering is not solely restricted to medical intervention, but rather an urgency to communicate in a way that makes one feel seen and validated. By creating artwork that unveils these experiences, she hopes to make space for those in the disability community that struggle to feel visible.

Morrisseau’s exhibition, Nitayānān Kīyāpic Ōta translates to We’re Still Here. As a digital artist Morrisseau aims to create artwork that not only utilizes the N Dialect to depict Cree Syllabics, but to share how beautiful the language is. As well, they create artwork using the digital art medium to connect back to their cultural identity, but also their artistic practice that combines the contemporary with the traditional. Through the cyclical nature of time and space, Morrisseau has created artwork that documents their past, present, and future.

Rae’s exhibition, Evolving, explores the process of coming out of her shell by forming and reconstructing her understanding of her identity. To examine and deconstruct her own queer existence through art lets her take control of the preconceived shame to empower her diversity. Painting, mixed media and installation have allowed Rae to explore her evolving identity and metaphorically analyze its ‘layers’ through a variety of media.