“Imagined Lines of Movement and Spaces of Rest Along Colony Creek” (2020)
Dee Barsy (Ojibwe) is an emerging visual artist and a member of Skownan First Nation, Manitoba (Treaty 2). Barsy was raised on Treaty 1 Territory: the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. She is currently enrolled in the MFA Studio Arts program at Concordia University, living and working on the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, Quebec. Barsy graduated with a BFA from the University of Manitoba. In September 2017, she was commissioned to create artworks for the INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The exhibition featured the work of 29 emerging to established contemporary Indigenous artists from across Canada. Barsy had her first solo exhibition at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery in September, 2019. There, she transformed the gallery space, floor to wall, with a mural featuring abstract representations of various local insects and spiders painted on top of her signature rhythmic lines and blue background. Her artwork is included in the Global Affairs Visual Art Collection, the Manitoba Museum collection, the Winnipeg Art Gallery collection and many private collections.
290 Colony St.
This painting features Dee’s iconic blue background, bright colours, and abstract lines. Colony Creek, the waterways the used to run through the city, is represented in this composition with: a continuous (and nearly consistently black-coloured) line beginning from the left side of the image and then mirrored and flipped vertically with a continuous (and nearly consistently red-coloured) line beginning from the right side of the image. The flowing lines of this composition suggest: lines of movement and spaces of rest; pathways and waterways.