Opening reception: Saturday January 28th at 2:00 pm
January 28 – March 11, 2023
Crystal Deer : Masters Revised

Shé:kon Gallery
5826, rue St-Hubert, 2ème étage
Tiohtià:ke / Mooniyang / Montréal (QC) H2S 2L7

By replacing human figures in pre-existing Renaissance and Baroque paintings with animals, Crystal Deer reverses the roles of humans and animals. While keeping in mind the possible symbolism associated with animals, her final decision is an aesthetic one. They are selected for specific traits such as horns, antlers, wings, and talons that better reflect the idea of greatness and power. Deer pays tribute to the fauna with a great appreciation for their beauty, natural instincts and ability to exist without destroying their environment.

Born in 1990, Crystal Deer is a multidisciplinary artist from Kahnawake that works using anything from acrylic paint to a wide variety of drawing materials and more recently pyrography. She graduated from Dawson College in Fine arts and has a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts from Concordia University. She produces works which reflect her obsession with portraying animals. Her ongoing series Masters Revised which has been in the works since 2016, is a prime example of this fascination.

Galerie She:kon, which means “hello” in Kanien’kéhà, focuses on showcasing solo exhibitions by up-and-coming Indigenous artists. This initiative aims to uncover fresh talent and provide an opportunity for those interested in curating their first exhibition.


La Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone / The Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) would like to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) for their financial support.