Cedar Eve Peters is a visual artist currently based in Montreal. She is Anishinabae (Ojibway) and a member of the Saugeen First Nation , but she was born and raised in Toronto. In 2012 she graduated from Concordia University in Studio Arts, where she focused primarily on painting. Cedar Eve has had opportunities to paint murals with indigenous youth in Peru (2011) and Alberta (2014). This past year, she created a mural during the Unceded Voices convergence in Montreal’s Saint Henri neighbourhood and completed an 8-by-30-foot mural in a pedestrian tunnel in Ottawa. Through her paintings, Cedar Eve explores her world views and identity while drawing inspiration from the idea of shapeshifting. Creatures that blend the human and animal are painted in bright, bold colours. “Communication, symbiosis and energies are prevalent within my work. I have come to view these creatures as my spirit beings or guides. They are inspired by the stories I heard growing up, my dream world and my need to remember my ancestors.” Her work is designed to get viewers thinking about what they know about First Nations culture. The language of art allows for non-verbal communication and is integral to keeping First Nations cultures alive.
CEDAR-EVE / REGENERATION
August 23 to October 28, 2018
REGENERATION by CEDAR-EVE. Photo: Elias Touil
THROUGH HER ARTISTIC APPROACH, CEDAR-EVE EXPLORES HER VISION OF THE WORLD THROUGH THE LENS OF HER ABORIGINAL IDENTITY.
Inspired by the idea of shape shifting and metamorphosis, she uses bright, bold colours to paint beings in the middle of a transformation process, bordering between human and animal, in a symbiotic relationship. “Communication and energies are a prevalent part of my work,” says CEDAR-EVE who gets her inspiration from the stories she heard when she was a child and a need to remember her ancestors.
“Through my work, I want people to question their knowledge of First Nations’ culture. Nonverbal artistic representation is essential to the survival of Aboriginal cultures.”
Biography of the artist
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