[BCMA] Pawatamihk | Audie Murray solo exhibition

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*Audie Murray*
*Exhibition dates:* October 22, 2021 - January 9, 2022
*Opening Reception with the Artist: *October 22, 7 - 9 pm. All are welcome!

*Conversation with Audie Murray: October 23 | 3 pm*
Join us for a conversation between Snuneymuxw Weaver and Nanaimo Art
Gallery’s Indigenous Engagement Coordinator Violet Elliott and Regina-based
Michif artist Audie Murray about making, dreaming, and the land.
Pre-registration is required
space is limited.

We are pleased to present* Pawatamihk*, a solo exhibition by Regina-based
Michif artist Audie Murray. *Pawatamihk* means dream in Michif, and the
exhibition features artworks made in the last two years that address the
revolutionary potential of dreaming.

While Murray works in beading, quillwork, video, sculpture, painting, and
photography, dreaming is a key element in her creative process. In
contemporary society making time to dream rather than constantly produce is
often frowned upon. Dreaming is dangerous for colonial worldviews as it
allows a window of time and space to listen to the earth and to ancestors,
to imagine the world differently, and to prepare to enact change. In
Pawatamihk, Murray shares works that speak to the value of slowing down,
taking care, and reflecting, considerations that resonate strongly in a
year in which Nanaimo Art Gallery asks *What is Progress?*

Audie Murray is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with various
materials including beadwork, quillwork, textiles, repurposed objects,
drawing, and media. She is Michif, raised and working in Regina,
Saskatchewan, treaty 4 territory. Much of her family and family histories
are located in the Qu’Appelle and Meadow Lake regions of Saskatchewan.
Audie holds a visual arts diploma from Camosun College, 2016; Bachelor of
Fine Arts from the University of Regina, 2017; and is currently an MFA
student at the University of Calgary. She has shown at various locations
including the Art Gallery of Alberta, Vancouver Art Gallery, Glenbow
Museum, and Anchorage Museum.

Audie's art practice is informed by the process of making and visiting. Her
practice explores themes of contemporary culture and how this relates to
experiences of duality and connectivity. Working with specific material
choices, she often uses found objects from daily life and transmutes them.
This practice is a way to reclaim and work through subject matter, much of
it relating to the body, space, and relationships with a focus on the
intersection and expansion of time.

Photo credits:
Audie Murray
*Spider in the Cosmos*
Glass pony beads, copper
Photo by Kyra Kordoski, courtesy of University of Victoria Legacy Art

Audie Murray
*Celestial Gloves*
Used work gloves, glass seed beads, porcupine quills, acrylic paint, rabbit
Photo by Kyra Kordoski, courtesy of University of Victoria Legacy Art
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