Art Dates & Location

Dates:
June 24th – August 31st

Location:
Fort Qu’Appelle Library
148 Company Ave
Fort Qu'Appelle, SK   S0G 1S0
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Couzyn van Heuvelen is curated by Dunlop Art Gallery and is exhibiting in Fort Qu’Appelle.
 

Artist Bio

Couzyn van Heuvelen is a Canadian inuk sculptor. Born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, but living in Southern Ontario for most of his life, his work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives. While rooted in the history and traditions of Inuit art, the work strays from established Inuit art making methods and explores a range of fabrication processes. Couzyn holds a BFA from York University and an MFA from NSCAD University.
 

Artist Statement

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Nets is a sculpture installation that brings together fishing nets and chain link fencing. This work uses the visual similarities of these two objects to connect themes that have been historically important in Fort Qu’Appelle. Fishing nets reference the nearby “fishing lakes” and traditional uses of this land, and also my own experiences harvesting fish in my home community. Fences are used to mark divisions in land and assert land ownership. They are used to build settlements and are a tool of colonization. This is part of a conversation that is particularly relevant in this town, where the signing of Treaty 4 took place. Nets is an acknowledgement of the history of this place, and a reflection of how this history impacts our present and future.