April 12, 1952
|Known for||Installation, performance, sculpture, writing|
Bonnie Devine is an Anishinaabe/Ojibwa installation artist, performance artist, sculptor, curator, and writer from Serpent River First Nation, who lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently an Associate Professor at OCAD University and the Founding Chair of its Indigenous Visual Cultural Program.
Bonnie Devine was born in Toronto and is a member of the Serpent River First Nation. In 1997 Devine graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design, with degrees in sculpture and installation, and she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree at York University in 1999. She has taught studio and liberal arts at York University, Queen's University, and the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. She joined OCAD University as a full-time instructor in 2008 and was a Founding Chair of the university's Indigenous Visual Culture program.
As a conceptual artist, Devine works with a variety of media, often combining traditional and unconventional materials. At a 2007 solo exhibition, Medicine River, at the Axéneo 7 art space in Quebec, she created eight-foot long knitting needles and knitted 250 feet of copper cable to bring attention to the contamination of the Kashechewan water system. She has fashioned full-sized canoes from paper and works with natural materials such as reeds in her 2009 piece, New Earth Braid. She also created land-based installations.
Devine's work is also primarily influenced by "the stories, technologies, and arts of the Ojibwa people."
Devine’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the U.S., South America, Russia and Europe. Her 2010 solo exhibition, Writing Home, curated by Faye Heavyshield, was reviewed in Border Crossings. A solo exhibition of Devine's work, Bonnie Devine: The Tecumseh Papers was held at the Art Gallery of Windsor from September 27, 2013 to January 5, 2014. Her work is featured in the Art Gallery of Ontario's exhibition Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes.
Awards and recognition
Devine has received numerous awards, including 2002 Best Experimental Video at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the Toronto Arts Awards Visual Arts Protégé Award in 2001, the Curry Award from the Ontario Society of Artists in 1999, a variety of awards from the Ontario College of Art and Design, as well as many grants and scholarships. She has been chosen for the 2011 Eiteljorg Museum fellowship.
- Devine, Bonnie, Duke Redbird, and Robert Houle. The Drawings and Paintings of Daphne Odjig: A Retrospective Exhibition. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2007. ISBN 978-0-88884-840-6.
- "Bonnie Devine." Archived 2017-03-19 at the Wayback Machine Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art. (retrieved 30 Nov 2010)
- OCAD University. "Bonnie Devine | OCAD UNIVERSITY". www2.ocadu.ca. Archived from the original on 2017-09-25. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
- "About the Artist: Bonnie Devine." Archived October 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine University of Toronto (retrieved 30 Nov 2010)
- "Bonnie Devine Biography." Archived October 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine University of Toronto (retrieved 30 Nov 2010)
- "University offering new options for art students." Windspeaker, Feb. 2013, p. 14. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A319976795/AONE?u=usocal_main&sid=AONE&xid=2fa59d8b. Accessed 8 Mar. 2018.
- "Medicine River: Bonnie Devine." Archived July 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Axéneo 7. 2007 (retrieved 30 Nov 2010)
- Rubisova, Lena. "Faculty Profile: Bonnie Devine." Archived January 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Ontario College of Art and Design. 11 Jan 2010 (retrieved 30 Nov 2010)
- 1951-, Everett, Deborah, (2008). Encyclopedia of Native American artists. Zorn, Elayne. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. pp. 31–34. ISBN 9780313080616. OCLC 328280157.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
- Karlinsky, Amy. "Bonnie Devine." Border Crossings vol.29, no.2 (May 2010)
- "Bonnie Devine: The Tecumseh Papers." Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine Art Gallery of Windsor (retrieved 27 September 2014).
- "Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes." Archived 2014-09-21 at the Wayback Machine Art Gallery of Ontario (retrieved 27 September 2014).
- "Five artists named 2011 Eiteljorg Fellows." Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine Eiteljorg Museum. 2010 (retrieved 30 Nov 2010)
- Fox, Suzanne G. and Lucy R. Lippard, eds. Path Breakers: The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, 2003. Indianapolis, IN: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and West, 2004. ISBN 978-0-295-98369-1.
- Bonnie Devine, timeline of images at the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art
- Station Gallery Artists Interview: Bonnie Devine - Medicine Basket, Body Bags
- Bonnie Devine at The Canadian Encyclopedia, accessed September 5, 2019