Vanessa Dion Fletcher: Relative Gradient

Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Blue Zigzag, 2023, quillwork on paper, 11” x 14”. Image courtesy of the artist.

Latcham Art Centre Presents Relative Gradient, A Solo Exhibition by Vanessa Dion Fletcher

August 25 – October 14, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, August 25, 7-9 PM
Artist Talk: Thursday, September 21, 7-9 PM
Admission free, all welcome

Traditions rarely remain the same. As young generations learn their craft, they transform its methods and materials little by little, moving legacies into the future. For Relative Gradient Vanessa Dion Fletcher presents recent quillworks that exist alongside, and have a kinship with, her study of the Lenape language. Allowing her geometric patterns made by this embroidery technique to inform the creation of photographs, sculptures, and performances, the artist carries this tradition forward, lending new energy to an artform and language. Collectively, these works continue the artist’s reflection on what it means to live in an Indigenous and gendered body with a neurodiverse mind.

Latcham Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville for their support of this exhibition. The artist would like to acknowledge the Canada Council for the Arts and the University of British Columbia Okanagan’s Indigenous Art Intensive for supporting their practice.

Artist Talk with Vanessa Dion Fletcher
Latcham Art Centre
Thursday, September 21, 7-9 PM. Admission free

Join us in-person at Latcham Art Centre for a talk by exhibiting artist Vanessa Dion Fletcher. Joined by curator Tyler Durbano, the pair will speak about Vanessa’s practice and the concepts embedded within her exhibition Relative Gradient.

About the Artist:
Vanessa Dion Fletcher is a Lenape and Potawatomi neurodiverse artist; her family is from Eelūnaapèewii Lahkèewiitt (displaced from Lenapehoking) and European settlers. She received an MFA in performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2016, and a BFA from York University in 2009. She has exhibited across Canada and the USA, including Art Mur (Montreal), Eastern Edge Gallery (Newfoundland), The Queer Arts Festival (Vancouver) and the Satellite Art Show (Miami). Her work is in the collection of the Indigenous Art Centre (Gatineau, QC), SAIC’s Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, Vtape (Toronto, ON), Seneca College (Toronto, ON), Global Affairs Canada and the Archives of American Art (Washington, DC).

About Latcham Art Centre:
Latcham Art Centre is a public art gallery that inspires the community to engage with arts and culture through dedicated exhibitions of contemporary art that reflect a range of artistic media and the cultural diversity of our province. Latcham Art Centre offers vibrant education programs that cultivate creativity and experimentation through classes, workshops, artist talks, and tours. Latcham Art Centre is located in Stouffville, Ontario, 45 minutes northeast of Toronto with free parking and is accessible via GO Transit. The Gallery is open to the public and admission is free.

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Gallery Hours:
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

For more information please contact:
Tyler Durbano, Curator
Latcham Art Centre

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