Artist Jane Ash Poitras
Woodland Cree, 1994
30” x 22”
This print is published exclusively through Artists For Kids in partnership with Canadian artists in support of students, their art education, and their future.
Charlene Vickers is an Anishinaabe artist living and working in Vancouver. Born in Kenora, Ontario and raised in Toronto, her painting, sculpture, and performance works explore memory, healing, and embodied connections to ancestral lands. Vickers’ work has been exhibited across Canada and the United States. Vickers’ holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, a BA in Critical Studies of the Arts and MFA from Simon Fraser University.
This print was produced using a technique called soft ground lift, where the texture of fabrics (felt, foam and cloth) selected by Vickers and her hand sewing was transferred into the soft ground and then etched into the plate. The fish silhouette is a copper plate cut into the shape of the fish and aquatinted to achieve the rich black colour and texture. The final piece to this work is the addition of a button that is hand sewn to the printing paper. Printed by master printer Peter Braune and Sarah Madgin at New Leaf Editions.