Zoe Cire: Packed and Packing
September 15, 2021-January 10, 2022
Zoe Cire is a visual artist born and raised on Treaty 6 territory of central Alberta, currently residing as a guest on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. Cire is an amalgam of Cree, Métis descent through her maternal side and mixed European paternally. Cire has conversations with the culture that raised her-her kookum’s Cree lineage of Beaver Lake Cree Nation and mushoom’s Métis lineage-expressed through forms of painting, beading and textile work. Cire completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts and minored in Curatorial Studies from Emily Carr University.
Cire makes sure to pack what she needs. These works act as containers to house actions and objects that closely call to home. Cire’s work holds onto moments of time that bear association to stories that have happened and that are continuing to write themselves. Reflecting on color, shape, experience and setting, she then cans, pickles, stores and packs them through her paintings. Reach into the pot, the cooler, the bag and it then sticks-like fire on a coat.