People Walk Backwards by Laura Grier

Laura Grier: PEOPLE WALK BACKWARDS / Dene K’et’a Ditla
The Art Incubator Gallery . October 19 – December 1, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, October 19, from 7 – 10pm
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 St, Edmonton

The Art Incubator Gallery features People Walk Backwards / Dene K’et’a Ditla, the exhibition of a striking suite of CMYK and lithograph prints by Laura Grier, an emerging artist and a First Nations cultural activist. Laura Grier is a Déline First Nations print artist born in Yellowknife, NWT and currently based in Edmonton.

In 2015, Laura Grier graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax. Her impressive body of work dedicated to Indigenous culture has been presented in several group exhibitions at the dc3 Arts Project, SNAP Gallery, and ArtsPlace. Grier has also been a recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an Indigenous Project Grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the 2018 RISE Emerging Artist Program. Currently, Grier is pursuing her studies toward Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.

Having grown up away from her traditional First Nations lands, Laura tries to find ways to revitalize Indigenous culture and knowledge by using traditional print mediums. Grier feels obliged to learn and share her people stories to demonstrate the continuation of Indigenous culture. She is inspired by the vitality of Indigenous art practices and is grounded in Indigenous world views and lived experiences. The works in her suite of prints, Walking Backwards / Dene K’et’a Ditla are based on her personal stories of growing up as an Indigenous woman and reflect the innovation and variability present in Indigenous contemporary art.