Curriculum Vitae

“Connect” Calgary, AB, 2017, Public Art Investigation

I acknowledge that my learning and practice took root on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, Métis and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures were the first to occupy this land and continue to influence our vibrant community.

Laura Hosaluk, born 1983 in Saskatoon, SK, and maintains a studio practice in Saskatchewan where she works as an interdisciplinary innovator between various mediums, techniques, and subject matter. Her creative practice spans from painting, sculpture in ceramics, found objects, wood, and bronze castings, furniture, land art, and dance. Hosaluk’s work  XY Chromosome is in the permanent collection of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Regina, SK, Painting Experiment #1:Trampoline, the Madison Children’s Museum, WI, USA, and Rattle Me within Joe Fafards Collection, Pense, SK. Slate Fine Arts Gallery in Regina, SK represents her work.

Her versatility enables a variety of expression, fostered through her art education at the EMMA International Collaboration in 1996, Emma Lake, Saskatchewan. This is where she was introduced to a free exchange of knowledge through exposure to craft artists working in traditional techniques while engaging in contemporary methods of “Art”. This self-directed approach to learning through sharing led her to further her education with the EMMA, 2011 -2015 in becoming the first female lead Organizer. In 2013 she presented her own ideas and experience gathered through collaborative learning, when she was invited to present alongside her father Michael at a conference, Creativity in the World, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle, MN. That same year she presented EMMA, at The Donkey mill Arts Centre, Holualoa, HI, USA. In 2016 she was invited to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Erik  Demaine; professor of Computer Science and Martin Demaine; Artist in Residence, to further research the ideas and the benefits on collaboration as a model for empowering student-centered learning.

Laura’s vision for future conferences included both traditional and contemporary expressions along with a mandate for creating a safe, fertile and fun environment for artists at all stages of development to explore materials, technique and subject matter without expectations to results. However, the systematic approach born of colonialism prevented the framework to change and she stepped away from EMMA to further understand why the EMMA model had been such a success.  Notably, she researched Echo Lake, New Hope, PA, 2018; and Stone House Collaboration, Old Man River, Pincher Creek, AB, 2016.

Her work has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. In 2012, she was part of a group show, The Story of Six, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN,USA, showcasing six emerging artists, participants of the 2010 Emma International Collaboration. In 2014, Hosaluk’s work was invited into the show, Saskatchewan, curated by Adrian Stinson of the Siksika Nation (Blackfoot Reserve, Alberta), premiering at the Sala Rekalde in Bilbao, Spain and the Blackall Studios in London, UK. Saskacthewan delved into the immense artistic, cultural and ethnic diversity that has long characterized the region’s art.

Hosaluk’s directly connected to her Saskatoon community, in 2008 she was instrumental with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Saskatoon, with support of Joseph Naytowhow and Kimble Worme, in connecting children with Indigenous culture through a series of after-school programs, Youth Leading Youth, City of Saskatoon. Her love for creative learning has been demonstrated through various Artist Residencies; Opening the Door, ArtSmarts Grant, Saskatchewan Arts Board (SAB), Nutana Collegiate, Saskatoon, SK, 2009, Come Circle Around, SAB Creative Partnerships, Explore and Develop, PotashCorp Saskatchewan Children’s Festival, Saskatoon, SK, 2016,  Think Indigenous Conference, Donnie Speidel, Nutana Collegiate, Saskatoon, SK, 2017, The Culture of Relationship, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, in support with Creative Exchange Saskatchewan, 2018,  The Human Loom, Evan Hardy Functional Life Skills Program,SAB Creative Partnerships, 2019 . She is passionate about collaboration, not only in experiential learning but also for community growth and a cultural framework for the creative invention that blooms outcomes not yet imagined.

Hosaluk’s written work is included in Thomas Hirschhorn’s, What Can I Learn From You? What Can You Learn From Me? (Critical Workshop), Published by Remai Modern and a Forthcoming publication from the University of Calgary of Marnie Badham’s, The Social Life of Artist Residencies: Connecting with people and places not your own.

The inheritance of the Treaties that honor Indigenous Philosophies and the Spirit in which Indigenous peoples signed, still are not honored. Being 7th generation Canadian, I live and have a home with great advantages over the original hosts who continue to live with oppression. This work represents my support in reconciliation and redress. – Laurah Hosaluk