Rae Braden


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1) At what age did you find that you had a passion for art and how did it happen?

Around age 10 my grandpa showed me how to paint with watercolours. He was a watercolour artist and a teacher, and was very patient with me. He showed me how to blend colours and use water and gravity to help make beautiful skies and snowy landscapes. I liked the element of chance that occurred every time with a medium you can’t always control.

2) How did your parents respond to your wish to be an artist?

I come from a family of creators – creators of music, food, art, photography, and craft. They have always been very supportive of my creative pursuits.

3) Can you name any other artists that you admire and tell us why?

Ted Harrison – for his big skies and stratas of colour.

Germaine Arnaktauyok – for her ability to tell stories with my favourite medium – printmaking

Joyce Majisky – for her endless creative energy and interpretation of Northern landscapes

4) How would you describe your style as an artist?

Investigations of the Northern landscape by investigating layers of what you can see, and what you can’t see

5) Please tell us about your upcoming work with Northern Sights?

I have been a member of BAM! since its inception and love working with the mission of collaboratively combining music, storytelling and painting. The Northern Sights project allowed us to explore the concept of working in the round to allow our work to be filmed in 360 for the first time, and work with multiple musicians who we have not worked with before! I’m excited to see the results

6) What kind of art would you like to see more of in the Northwest Territories?

Art in which the audience can participate

7) If there a young artist who is looking at finding their passion what advice would you give them?

If you make something you don’t like, tear it up and make something new out of it.

8) What would you like the future to hold for the artists in Northwest Territories?

That the NWT can be a place where people who want to pursue their creative passion would be supported,  encouraged and enhanced by other artists, residents, schools and governments.

9) If you could partner with anyone in the world living or passed who would it be and why?

I would partner with a lichen specialist. I love the idea of combining science and art to communicate.

10) What is your next big project?

I’m currently on a year of Maternity leave, so if I could dedicate even a small portion of the next year to working on the dozens of unfinished projects in my studio, I would consider that a success!