Bonnie Devine is a sculptor, painter, video maker, curator, and writer. Formally educated in sculpture and installation art at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U) and York University, Devine’s most enduring learning came from her grandparents, who were trappers on the Canadian Shield in northern Ontario.
A descendant of the Anishinaabek of Serpent River First Nation, Genaabaajing, on the north shore of Lake Huron, Devine’s work emerges from the storytelling and image-making traditions that are central to Anishinaabe culture. Her art explores issues of land, environment, treaty, history, and narrative.
Devine’s installation, video, and curatorial projects have been shown in solo and group exhibitions and film festivals across Canada and in the USA, South America, Russia, Europe, and China, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Berlin Film Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City, and Today Art Museum in Beijing China.
In addition to her art practice Devine is a tenured associate professor at OCAD University in Toronto and the Founding Chair of OCAD University’s Indigenous Visual Culture program.