Rachel Broussard, Artist – Saskatoon

(photo: Xiao Han)

Rachel Broussard is a multimedia artist based on Treaty 6 Territory originally from Lafayette, Louisiana. She holds a MFA in Studio Art from the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to making art, she works as Program Director at PAVED Arts. Their exhibition, Tabbouli Rose Window, is on view at Neutral Ground Artist-Run Centre in Regina until May 13.

  1. My guitar

When I’m not making art, I love playing guitar and playing around with songwriting. I was lucky to have a friend start offering guitar lessons during the pandemic and fortunate to have time to learn.

  1. Waters of March

I heard Art Garfunkel’s version of Waters of March in Joachim Trier’s film The Worst Person in the World, and it has since become my spring anthem. Originally composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim, it has an irresistible bossa nova beat, and his lyrics feel especially poignant after several pandemic winters: “And the river bank talks of the waters of March, it’s the end of the strain, it’s the joy in your heart”.

  1. Saskatchewan spring melt

There is no feeling quite like the end of the strain after a long prairie winter. Those first few days with temperatures above zero are sublime. This year my partner and I witnessed a hillside path become a creek running to the South Saskatchewan River. Magic!

  1. My dog Roscoe

Roscoe is a total clown, and he continually introduces me to new ways of being in the world.

  1. Artist-run centres

I’m thankful for the network of artist-run centres in Canada. Since starting my job at PAVED Arts a year ago, I’ve met many incredible artists that share the space, and I’ve had the chance to grow my own art practice too. Currently, I’m obsessed with Adrian Stimson’s LOVE BACK billboard at PAVED Arts. Adrian’s message is a powerful harbinger of spring.