Presenter/Artist: Christi Belcourt
She painted throughout her 20s as a hobby, experimenting with different materials. 1993 was a breakthrough year for Christi artistically and personally. She was 27 and getting back to her roots. In particular she had been inspired by the beadwork on a pair of Mukluks and had made the decision to try to ‘paint’ it.
“Every plant I came across, I looked at it in detail, I spoke to it, I asked it ‘how did you grow like that?’ My love for plants deepened further and further, and I began to understand what people meant when they said ‘we are all connected’.”
In 2003, Christi moved with her family to Whitefish Falls, near Sudbury, a move she considers to be the most important of her adult life. "Moving here allowed me the freedom to study plants, and to get to know the land on my own schedule. Here I'm focused, I'm relaxed - I've totally changed, and my art has benefited in every way imaginable because of it."
Christi’s most recent exhibition, Off the Map: Perspectives of Land, Water, and Métis People, took place at the Urban Shaman Gallery Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg. It closed on March 1st, 2008 and received rave reviews.
For more about Christi Belcourt, visit: www.christibelcourt.com.
For more information about the Red Lake Woodland Arts Festival go to: www.redlakemuseum.com.
* The painting in this posting: "Sometimes I Forget I'm Loved By The Spirit World", 24"x18", © Christi Belcourt