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Indelible Ink: Native Women, Prints, Collaboration

Indelible Ink features prints created between 1993-2019 in a variety of media — lithography, screenprinting, monoprinting, and letterpress. These prints create dialogue through critiques of mainstream North American settler culture, refracted through a diverse array of imagery drawn from personal and popular references.

The checklist is multigenerational, including well established artists like Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, mid-career artists like Marie Watt and Dyani Whitehawk, and relative new comers like Sara Siestreem. Indelible Ink explores collaboration as a generative artmaking process and a way of life. The exhibition explores themes gathered from interviews with the exhibition’s artists, as well as the printmakers with whom they have collaborated. In their interviews, the artists discuss the benefits and challenges of working with collaborating printers in the studio, which is typically a solitary place. Conversely, the publishers and printers featured in Indelible Ink shed light on the unique technical challenges of their medium, as well as their philosophy of collaboration, the artist selection process, and the complexities of collaborative art-making relationships.

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