Lauren Crazybull with Janvier artwork   Janvier artwork  "Suckerville"

“The work I chose from the gallery’s collection is one I’m a big fan of: Suckerville by Alex Janvier. Janvier’s work has always been very inspiring to me. I am drawn to his experimental and abstract style to create works that stem from different histories and current issues that might not seem immediately obvious to the viewer. This particular piece stood out to me because of all the painting and texture techniques in a single piece. I admire the way in which Janvier creates such intense, stunning works that include traditional elements.”

 

Lauren Crazybull is a self-taught Blackfoot, Dene artist living in Edmonton, Alberta. She is also the art coordinator at iHuman Youth Society working with young artists who face high-risk situations and challenges.

 

Lauren’s ongoing work is informed by past work in creating and hosting audio productions, and challenging colonial frameworks and systems. Her current projects include creating a weekly web comic, practicing and teaching healing through the arts, and finding justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous people.

 

Image credit:
Alex Janvier
Suckerville, 1993
Acrylic on linen
Art Gallery of Alberta Collection, purchased with funds from the estate of Jean Victoria Sinclair, and matching funds from The Canada Council Acquisitions Assistance Grant