Wally Dion: Current
Mixing the contemporary with the traditional, Wally Dion uses materials such as circuit boards and auto paint to create his own renditions of Indigenous quilt patterns. Dion’s quilt assemblages are an extension of his portraiture of First Nations workers, and serve as a way to represent those who work in industries such as childcare, education, software and information management, and communications. Dion draws inspiration from artists such as Indigenous Canadian painter Bob Boyer, and quilting bees during which First Nations women historically gathered to make quilts for burials, dances, and other ceremonies. This exhibition features three of Dion’s quilts.
Wally Dion is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation (Saulteaux). He received an MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. Dion is the recipient of numerous grants from organizations such as the Canada Council for the Arts and the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and has exhibited throughout Canada as well as in the US.
Organized by the Boise Art Museum
IMAGE: Wally Dion, Starquilt, 2017, circuitboards, wire, copper pipe, 68¼” x 63½”, courtesy of the artist.