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Daphne Odjig reflects on her life and her art

The Story

Visual artist Daphne Odjig is a painter from Ontario, but today she's in Saskatoon to promote her new book, A Paintbrush in My Hand. Odjig, who grew up on a reserve on Manitoulin Island and trained as an artist in Ottawa, says she was greatly influenced by her family, and especially her grandfather, during her youth. When Midday interviewer Kevin Newman asks about her use of circles in many of her paintings, Odjig's explanation is simple: "Our whole life being is a circle."  

Broadcast Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: Nov. 26, 1992
Host: Valerie Pringle
Interviewer: Kevin Newman
Guest: Daphne Odjig
Duration: 6:52

Did You know?

• Daphne Odjig was born Sept. 11, 1919 at Wikwemikong Native Reserve on Manitoulin Island in Ontario.  

• She was a founding member of a group called PNIAI (Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.) which was formed in 1972 with fellow artists Jackson Beardy, Norval Morrisseau, Carl Ray, Alex Janvier, Eddy Cobiness, and Joe Sanchez. 



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