Charlene Vickers

Charlene Vickers is an Anishinaabe artist based in Vancouver. Her painting, sculpture and performance works explore memory, healing and embodied connections to ancestral lands. She recreates moccasins and blankets with materials that point to current social and cultural conditions in urban First Nations life and combines them with personal artifacts.

Charlene is the recipient of the VIVA Award in 2018, and most recently exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver (September 2021), a duo solo summer exhibition along side artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Lets’lo:tseltun at Macaulay & Co. Fine Art (2021), Rain Shadow at the Nanaimo Art Gallery (2021), Where Do We Go From Here? at the Vancouver Art Gallery( 2020), the Biennale national de sculpture Contemporaine 2020 in Quebec, Where We Gather at Macaulay & Co. Fine Art(2020) In the Garden, solo booth with Macaulay & Co. Fine Art at Art Toronto (2018) and Coverings (2018) at Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, An Assembly of Shapes, Oakville Galleries, I continue to shape, Art Museum, U of T, Toronto, and Speaking From Hands and Earth, SFU Galleries, Burnaby and Ambivalent Pleasures at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver,(2016). International group exhibitions include: the map is not the territory at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon (2019), Material Art Fair in Mexico City, Mexico (2019), Connective Tissue: New Approaches in Contemporary Fibre Art at MoCNA in Santa Fe, NM (2017), From The Belly of The Beast at Grace Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. (2017), If We Never Met, Pataka Art Museum, Porirua, New Zealand (2016). Charlene Vickers graduated Emily Carr University of Art and Design (94), Simon Fraser University in Critical Studies of the Arts (98), MFA (2013).

Diviners Grasses,

2009-2010,

Install View,

marker on paper, framed

Image courtesy of The Contemporary Art Gallery. Photography by SITE Photography

Diviners Grasses,

2009-2010,

21 X 27 X 1 3/4”,

marker on paper, framed

Image courtesy of The Contemporary Art Gallery. Photography by SITE Photography

Diviners Grasses,

2009-2010,

21 X 27 X 1 3/4”,

marker on paper, framed

Image courtesy of The Contemporary Art Gallery. Photography by SITE Photography

BIG BLUE SMUDGE,

2021,

Install View,

cardboard, canvas, paint, tin jingles, wooden buttons, shell buttons, glass beads, craft foam, felt, yarn, twine, t-shirts, yoga mat, hair scrunchies

Image courtesy of The Contemporary Art Gallery. Photography by SITE Photography

CEDAR BONE BEAD (FOR FAYE HEAVYSHIELD),

2021,

Install View,

cedar, yarn

Image courtesy of The Contemporary Art Gallery. Photography by SITE Photography

DIVINERS GRASSES,

2010,

Install View,

grass, bamboo, cotton, human hair, jute, thread

Image courtesy of The Contemporary Art Gallery. Photography by SITE Photography

Land Grew on Turtle’s Back,

2021,

48 x 60",

acrylic on canvas

The Threads that Connects US,

2021,

48 x 60",

acrylic on canvas

Ginebig Snake Comes Down to Help,

2021,

48 x 60",

acrylic on canvas

Emergent Beings,

2019,

4 x 5’,

acrylic on canvas

Communing With Care, 2019,

2019,

4 x 5’,

acrylic on canvas

Buzz Pods and Memory Flowers,

2019,

4x5’,

oil on canvas

Mating Pods over Illuminated Landscape,

2019,

4 x 5’,

oil on canvas

Untitled,

2016,

36 x 24",

oil on panel

Untitled,

2016,

36 x 24",

oil on panel

Coverings,

installation view,

2018

Sunken Suns Under Water,

2016,

36 x 60”,

Oil on wood panel,

Yellow Suns Divide Multiple Pools,

2016,

36 x 60”,

Oil on wood panel

How You See and Cannot See Me At My Window,

2018,

24.5 x 26”,

wood, craft felt, camp blankets, work pants beer cases, cotton fabric

Sleep Walking,

2016,

Dimensions Variable,

920’s bedroom chairs, beer case cardboard, denim, cotton, blankets, glass beads, letter beads, thread

Singles: Performance Moccs Series,

2018,

Beer box, cotton fabric, acrylic beads, and thread

Singles: Performance Moccs Series,

2018,

Beer box, cotton fabric, and thread

Charlene Vickers, Kokanee Woman, 2006

Kokanee Woman,

2014,

dimensions variable,

beer case, glass beads, flannel, wool blanket, metal, xerox of Edward Curtis photo, 1920's wooden chair