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Norval Morrisseau Life & Work by Carmen Robertson
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I first became interested in Norval Morrisseau’s art when I stumbled upon an exhibition of his work in the Imperial Oil tower in downtown Calgary in the early 1980s. Having never seen anything like it, and drawn to his use of colour, line, and subject matter, I was, from then on, hooked on Morrisseau!
Carmen Robertson

Carmen Robertson

Carmen Robertson is an associate professor of contemporary Indigenous art history at the University of Regina. A Lakota-Scottish scholar, she has long pursued and promoted the study of Indigenous arts and culture. Her current research involves a critical investigation of the work of Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau, and she recently completed a book-length manuscript that analyzes how Morrisseau confronted stereotypes of Indigenous peoples in Canadian popular culture.
          In addition to having published essays on Morrisseau’s work in scholarly journals and edited collections, Robertson co-authored the award-winning book Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers (2011) and has published a number of essays related to the constructed representations of Indigenous peoples in the Canadian press. As an independent curator, she has curated and co-curated such exhibitions as Real Estate: Ceremonies of Possession (Art Gallery of Regina, 2008) and Clearing a Path: Traditional Indigenous Arts (2009) for the Saskatchewan Arts Board. She has also contributed curatorial essays to such exhibition catalogues as Bob Boyer: His Life’s Work (2008) and 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. (2013).
          When Robertson is not researching and writing, she spends long summer days canoeing and hiking with her husband and two daughters at their cabin in the Yukon.