Charlene Vickers


Charlene Vickers, “Accumulations of Moments Spent Underwater With the Sun and Moon” (installation view), 2015-2016, watercolour, gouache and coloured pencil on paper [digital reproductions], dimensions variable. Photo: SITE Photography.

Exhibition | Charlene Vickers

September 17, 2021 - March 20, 2022

Charlene Vickers
Through March 20, 2022
CAG Façade and Yaletown-Roundhouse Station

Encompassing a wide range of media—including painting, sculpture, performance, and installation—the practice of Charlene Vickers operates as a visionary expression of what the artist terms embodied territory. Giving vital form to the lands, histories and relations of her birthplace in Wauzhushk Onigum as they are felt, imagined and carried across distance, Vickers’ works lucidly manifest ancestral connections, cultural reclamations and her territorial presence as Anishinaabe Kwe, while responding formally to the Coast Salish land she has resided upon for the past thirty years.

Following her fall 2021 exhibition, Ancestor Gesture, two of Vickers’ public-facing projects remain on view this season. On the façade of CAG, the artist presents Accumulations of Moments Spent Underwater with the Sun And Moon, a series of outsized reproductions of her iconic zigzag paintings. Drawing inspiration in part from the quillwork embroidery of her ancestors, these works kaleidoscopically render the rhythms and patterns of the landscapes Vickers moves through, both natural and urban. At Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, Vickers offers Felt Ovoids, printing a series of her mixed-media fibre works on the station’s exterior in a scene evocative of vitality, community and exchange.

Felt Ovoids is presented in partnership with the Canada Line Public Art Program—InTransit BC.