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Raven Davis
Born1975
Nationality Canadian

Raven Davis (born 1975) is an Anishinaabe ( Ojibwe) Aboriginal artist and activist living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. [1] Davis is a multimedia and mixed media artist, as well as a traditional dancer, singer and drummer.

Career

Davis was trained as a new media/graphic designer, [2] and worked as an independent contract designer for several years. Davis's preferred visual art mediums have been gouache, soft body acrylic, photography and natural materials. [2]

In 2010, Davis joined the Friends United initiative as an artist and associate and currently sits on the advisory board. [3] In collaboration with Elisha Lim, the artist's work has recently expanded to include short films.

Honours

  • Cape Breton Partnership, Aboriginal Women of Distinction in Business, nomination (2010)
  • Cape Breton Industry Award, Sydney Ports Authority (2009) [4]

Filmography

  • “I Still Believe” (2015) Director and Producer.
  • “Spooning” (2015) Co-Produced with Elisha Lim.
  • “Love Never Felt so Good” (2014) Collaboration with Elisha Lim.

Exhibits

  • Raspberry Fever. Ex-Libris Book Store, Toronto (1996)
  • Friends United Art Exhibit. Halifax City Hall. (2012) [5]
  • This is My Song: Perspectives from Contemporary Native Women. Huntsville. (2012) [6]
  • People’s Place Library. Antigonish, Nova Scotia. (2012)
  • Friends United. Casino Nova Scotia. Halifax. (2013) [7]
  • Sharing the view. CBC, Nova Scotia. (2013)
  • Indiginesse. An exhibition of works by contemporary Native women. Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, Ontario. (2014)
  • Wagmatcook Arts & Culture festival. Wagmatcook, Nova Scotia. (2014) [8]
  • Assembly of First Nations conference. Halifax, N.S. (2014) [9]
  • Basquiat Idea Bar: Justice. Art Gallery of Ontario. (2015) [1]
  • Map of the New Art. Cini Foundation. Venice. (2015) [10]

Personal

Raven Davis's lineage stems from the Saulteaux Ojibwe Nation of Manitoba. The paternal heritage includes Scottish and Irish. [2] Having a mother who is also an Ojibwe artist influenced the young Raven in childhood. [3] Davis was raised in Toronto and attended Ryerson University and George Brown College. [11]

The artist is two-spirited and prefers gender-neutral pronouns. Davis speaks at schools and art venues, raising awareness around issues of gender, sexuality, and race. [12] [13]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Basquiat Idea Bar: Justice | AGO Art Gallery of Ontario". ago.net. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  2. ^ a b c "CBC.ca | Information Morning Nova Scotia". cbc.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  3. ^ a b "Friends United Advisory Board". friends-united.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  4. ^ "Awards and Nominations | Raven Davis". ravendavis.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  5. ^ "ARTS IN BRIEF | May 12, 2012 | The Chronicle Herald". thechronicleherald.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  6. ^ "Aboriginal women sing song of culture with art – CottageCountryNow.ca". nationtalk.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  7. ^ "Friends United | Casino Nova Scotia | Other Spaces | Halifax, Nova Scotia | THE COAST". thecoast.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  8. ^ "October 14–23, 2014 Wagmatcook Cape Breton Island" (PDF). 8 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  9. ^ "Meet artist behind AFN image - CBC Player". cbc.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  10. ^ "Imago Mundi". imagomundiart.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  11. ^ "Education | Raven Davis". ravendavis.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  12. ^ "Newsletter.May2015.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  13. ^ IT ALL STARTS WITH AWARENESS -LGBTQ DAY IN ESKASONI. http://kinu.ca/news

External links

  • Official website [1]
  • Canada Cultural Center Gallery [2]
  • Canada Cultural Center Interview [3]
  • CBC Nova Scotia. Sharing the View [4]