Rain Cabana-Boucher, Artist

Rain Cabana-Boucher is a Michif/British settler interdisciplinary artist. Originally from Treaty 6 territory, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, her family has historic ties to the Michif communities of St-François-Xavier, St. Boniface, and St. Louis, Saskatchewan. She lives and works on the stolen land of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ, and xwməθkwəy̓əm Nations. Cabana-Boucher is a recent recipient of the Takao Tanabe Prize for British Columbia Painters and the First Peoples Individual Artist grant. Their mixed media practice includes sculpture, drawing, painting, and beading. Cabana-Boucher explores the autobiographical in relation to place and politics, and seeks to navigate the complexities of identity within environments that are rapidly changing under systematic pressures. Cabana-Boucher currently has work showing until October 29th in For Love, Loss and Land at Open Space in Victoria.

  1. Catalogues

I’ve always loved browsing through catalogues when visiting galleries or looking at someone’s studio library. Alison Norlen, one of my former professors, would always come back from a show with a catalogue. She has a great collection. Recently I’ve started collecting catalogues of my favourite exhibitions that I’ve visited – the first two being Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure and Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy.

  1. Propagating

After one of my favourite plants was guillotined by a fallen tension rod, I discovered the joys of propagating. I’m currently trying to replicate some of the plants already in my apartment. It’s been successful so far. May need a plant stand soon.

  1. Studio mouse

Studio mouse or roommate? RB vs RCB. Even though it’s a mouse, I’ve taken to calling it Rat Bastard. The name Stuart Little is probably more appropriate due to his genius. The scoreboard is out of date and will likely stay at zero tallies for me.

  1. Stone lions

I have an upcoming project for The Polygon Gallery with imagery that focuses on a pair of stone lions. My grandma has two stone lions that sit outside of her home and she has always moved with her. I’ve recently begun noticing how many of them are around my own neighbourhood.

  1. Baby accessories

I am now an auntie and I cannot stop obsessively buying gifts for the little ones.