Dee Barsy

Visual Artist / Painting & Drawing

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Lach Klan School

Kitkatla, B.C.

Dee Barsy is a painter based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 2013, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba. In 2014, she graduated with an Educational Assistant Diploma from the University of Winnipeg. In 2016, she completed the Indigenous Women in Leadership course at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. From September 2017 through September 2018, Dee will be taking part in the Foundation Mentorship Program with Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dee is a Visual Arts Facilitator with over 10 years experience instructing drawing and painting workshops for children and youth. She has also worked as an Educational Assistant and as a Youth Care Worker. Through her work, Dee has had the opportunity to observe the benefits of engaging young people in visual arts programming. Dee believes that creating art nurtures the processes of self-empowerment and self-healing in children and youth through creative risk-taking and confidence-building. In 2017, Dee was commissioned to create an artwork for the INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The exhibition features the work of twenty-eight emerging and established contemporary Indigenous artists from across Canada. In her work titled My Four Grandmothers, Dee reflects on her experience as a First Nations person adopted into an interracial family. My Four Grandmothers acknowledges the diverse familial relationships in her life.