The Pulitzer Arts Foundation presents an exhibition of career-spanning work by Faye HeavyShield, an artist whose poetic minimal sensibility and use of humble materials is closely bound to the power of the spare prairie landscape of her home community. HeavyShield lives and works on the Blood Reserve in the foothills of Southern Alberta, Canada.
A member of the Kainai (Blood) Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy, HeavyShield is known for her drawings, sculptures and installations in a variety of media, which reflect aspects of her family histories and traditional Kainai legends, language and knowledge, as well as childhood experiences in the residential school system.
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 in the greater St. Louis area.
In spring 2023, the Saint Louis Art Museum will also feature HeavyShield’s work as part of its Native Artist Collaboration series. The museum has invited the artist to draw from its collection of historic Plains art for the new installation.