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Kristy Janvier

Weight We Carry

an exhibition by Kristy Janvier

Dec. 15, 2023 to June 15, 2024

Artist Statement

Contemplates healing and explores how we carry so much while gracefully dancing through the transition to motherhood – balancing it all in our day-to-day existence.

Kristy chose rocks for her performance artifact. Images of being weighed down by the rock, balancing the weight, and carrying the rock(s) become the symbolic representation of motherhood. We carry our babies on our breasts, our backs. Balancing it all in our day-to-day existence.

The landscape of her hometown of Flin Flon, MB is where the Canadian Shield and Boreal Forest meet. As she continues to contemplate the healing aspect as in her previous work, she is exploring how we carry so much while gracefully dancing through the transition to motherhood.


Artist Biography

Kristy Janvier is born and raised in Flin Flon and is of Dene (English River First Nation) and mixed European decent. At the age of 18 she began working overseas as a professional actress/dancer. After 15 years of working in the entertainment industry with Disney, Kristy returned to Canada relying on her presence/meditation practice to guide her work. Performances are influenced by improvisation yet structured from personal story incorporating images, installation, sound recording, and/or video.

In addition to her performance work, Kristy has been sewing beadwork since 2018. Sales from her beadwork, Secret_Life_of_Beads, goes towards funding her family’s bush cabin started in 1934 for future generations.

Currently she is working with the imgaiNorthern Project and Uptown Emporium as the Northern Champion Coordinator connecting artists of all mediums in our small communities to support their practices or sell their work.


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