Artist Talk with Raven Davis and Bonnie Devine

FLEET: Edmonds

June 22 at 2 PM

FLEET: Edmonds

7433 Edmonds Avenue (Edmonds Park)

Intersection of Humphries and Rosewood

Join us at FLEET: Edmonds for an artist talk with Raven Davis and Bonnie Devine. Davis and Devine will share an introduction to their creative practices, and reflect on the work they are making during their current stay at Burnaby’s Deer Lake Artist Residency. Their work on Botanical Printmaking uses traditional alum transfer methods and inks made from locally gathered flowers, barks and seeds.

Raven Davis is an Anishinaabe, 2-Spirit, multidisciplinary artist, educator, mediator, and human rights speaker whose matrilineal lineage is from Treaty Four, Manitoba. Davis was born and raised in Michi Saagiig Territory, Toronto, Ontario. Their work investigates land-based, archival, and spiritual research and practice with calls to action, restorative justice, healing, and works to assist in social innovation and adaptive change. Davis uses movement, visuals, sound, media, and performance to incorporate themes of colonization, race, disability, spirituality, pleasure, and queer and trans identity in their work.  

Davis’s artwork has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and throughout Canada and the USA. Their films have screened in Berlin, the United Kingdom, and South America. Davis has also worked as a designer for IKEA in Toronto, Montreal, and California; for the Toronto Olympic Bid Committee; and for the Assembly of First Nations. Davis is committed to Indigenous and Black futures, and the meaningful engagement and collaboration of 2-Spirit, queer, transgender and disability representation within the arts sector.

Bonnie Devine is a visual artist, writer, and educator. An off-reserve member of the Anishinaabek of Genaabaajing (Serpent River) First Nation on the north shore of Lake Huron, Devine’s work emerges from the storytelling and image-making traditions that are at the root of Anishinaabe culture. Her cross-disciplinary practice combines written, sculptural, painted, and performative gestures to explore issues of land, treaty, and history. Though formally educated in sculpture and installation art at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U) and York University, Devine’s most enduring learning came from her grandparents, who were trappers on the Canadian Shield in northern Ontario. Devine’s installation and video works have been shown nationally and internationally. Public acknowledgements of her practice include an Eiteljorg Fellowship Award in 2011, an Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Award and OCAD University’s Distinguished Research/Creative Practice Award in 2019, and a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2021. She is an Associate Professor Emerita and the Founding Chair of the Indigenous Visual Culture program at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.

Image (above): Raven Davis, Mmenwenmad | To Save for Later, (February 2022)