Lauren Crazybull

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Lauren Crazybull is a Niitsitapi, Dene (Member of Kainai Nation) visual artist currently living on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm, Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ Nations. Figurative oil painting and portraiture has been the center of Crazybull’s practice, and she has also worked collaboratively with audio, drawing from her experience in community radio hosting and production. From these community-centered experiences, practices of offering, trust and relational connection are carefully considered with those she works with and amongst. Crazybull considers her practice one of untelling and unresolving; where contemporary Indigenous presence trespasses onto definitive and measured representations. Her work combines the real with the fictional, folding in disparate temporalities to create worlds where people live beyond their imposed limits. Through her practice, she questions how artmaking can be a practice of freedom that expands outside of both the gallery and the studio. In 2020, Crazybull received the Eldon & Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize, and in 2019, she was selected as Alberta’s first Artist in Residence. Crazybull’s solo exhibitions include work at The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Latitude 53, McMullen Gallery and Liquidation World. Recent group exhibitions include The Art Gallery of Alberta, Simon Fraser University, and Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre. Crazybull received her Masters of Fine Art in Interdisciplinary Arts at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts in 2023.

Last updated: June 11, 2024