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Lauren Crazybull is an Edmonton based Blackfoot, Dene visual artist. Lauren's most recent work has looked to explore the tension and power within portraiture by examining the subtle relationship between herself and the subjects she paints. By centering the gaze, beauty and rich humanity of fellow Indigenous people in her recent work, Lauren means to ask poignant questions about how Indigenous identities can be represented, experienced, celebrated and understood through the particular gaze that artistry casts and requires. In 2019, Lauren was chosen as Alberta’s first Artist in Residence. In 2018, she was awarded the McLuhan house year long studio residency. Before fully immersing into the visual art world, Lauren worked for 4 years in radio and broadcasting focusing on Indigenous issues. Following that, she worked for 2 years as the art coordinator at a centre for at-risk youth. Through this work, she understands that her creative power is a poignant way to assert her own humanity, and advocate, in diverse and subtle ways, for the innate intellectual, spiritual, creative and political fortitude of Indigenous people.

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