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Opening Reception: Backwards and Forwards – Reflections in Porcupine Quills

30 July 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Join us for the opening reception of Backwards and Forwards: Reflections in Porcupine Quills, a solo exhibition by Vanessa Dion Fletcher, curated by Aram Han Sifuentes.

Date: Saturday July 30, 1-3 pm
Location: Aurora Town Hall, 100 John West Way, Aurora – Entrance at 3rd floor doors (

Backwards and Forwards: Reflections in Porcupine Quills
On view: July 27 – September 17 2022
Featuring recent quillwork (2020-present), ranging from intimate pieces on paper to large mural installations. A negotiation between the artist’s hands and porcupine quills is at the core. Elemental abstract shapes and lines can be interpreted in multiple ways, where a circle can represent time, a colour wheel, and a portal all at once. Slowness is an important political aspect of Dion Fletcher’s practice. The making is inherently slow, and the intended experience for the viewers is also slow. Backwards and Forwards suggests a reverse way of reading and looking back to move forward.

Vanessa Dion Fletcher is a Lenape and Potawatomi neurodiverse Artist. Reflecting on an Indigenous and gendered body with a neurodiverse mind, Dion Fletcher creates art using composite media, primarily working in performance, textiles and video.

Aram Han Sifuentes is a Korean American social practice fibre artist, writer, curator, and an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Backwards and Forwards: Reflections in Porcupine Quills


30 July 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Aurora Town Hall Gallery Space
100 John West Way
Aurora, Ontario L4G 6J1 Canada
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