The Pulitzer Arts Foundation presents a career-spanning exhibition of work by Faye HeavyShield (b. 1953). A member of the Kainai (Blood) Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy, HeavyShield was raised on the Blood Reserve in the foothills of Southern Alberta, where she continues to live and work.
During a career that spans more than thirty years, HeavyShield has created drawings, sculptures, and installations in a variety of media that draw upon her family histories, traditional Kainai stories, language, and knowledge, as well as childhood experiences in the residential school system. The spare power of the prairie landscape of her home community informs HeavyShield’s poetic, often minimal aesthetic vocabulary and use of humble materials. Faye HeavyShield: Confluences features a selection of the artist’s drawings and sculptures from the 1980s to the present, alongside two commissions responding to landscapes and histories of the greater St. Louis area.
Also in spring 2023, HeavyShield’s work will be featured at the Saint Louis Art Museum, as part of the Native Artist Collaboration series, for which she is developing an installation that connects to historic Plains art from the Museum’s collection.