Kenny Alvin Baird
“Painting is a therapeutic emotional exercise, for me to study and reclaim aspects of my native ancestry, identity, including concepts of boundaries, both real and imagined.”
Upon receipt of funding I will continue pursuing my current investigations with assemblage painting. After several decades of working in various mediums from installation, sculpture, film, and mixed media. I’ve come full circle, returning to my original medium of choice: painting. I believe everything is cyclical, eventually returning to its origins.
Although I have not abandoned my practice in these other areas I’ve chosen this time to focus on discovering a new creative direction by utilizing an old practice. A course reflecting present experiences without repeating any ground I’ve already explored.
I’m experimenting with the use of distressed mirror and glass over painting on hardwood with the use of animal totem iconography, like black ravens and albino wolves. The use of reflective surfacing, exampled in the work “Satellite” appeals to my interest to merge the viewer’s image, reflected in the distressed mirror with the painted image of the animal. It is a metaphor of shape shifting the human spirit with the animal spirit, incorporating both into the work as one.
This imagery, nature in beauty and decay continues to be my primary source of inspiration. It is the constant which also accompanies my attraction with polarities. I am of mixed blood heritage, Metis Plains Cree. Painting is a therapeutic emotional exercise, for me to study and reclaim aspects of my native ancestry, identity, including concepts of boundaries, both real and imagined.
Kenny Alvin Baird is a Metis Cree visual artist from th eMichelle Callihou Band, Alberta working in Toronto.