Darcie Bernhardt

Darcie “Ouiyaghasiak” Bernhardt is an Inuvialuk/Gwichin artist from Tuktuyaaqtuuq, NT Alumna of NSCADU in 2019 (BFA). Bernhardt was raised in Tuktoyaktuk where the ocean’s harsh winds carve into the Western Arctic landscape, an ecosystem that fosters transformation and nurtures powerful familial bonds. Their work explores visual storytelling as tradition, as birthright, as decolonial memory preservation – building their role as a memory-keeper. Their work has been actively participating in residencies and festivals internationally where recently Bernhardt received the Indigenous Artist Recognition Award from Arts Nova Scotia (2020).

Their first painting solo show titled Akisuktuaq was shown at Feheley Fine Art gallery in June (2021). Recently, their group exhibition was on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia called Family Patterns alongside Letitia Fraser until February (2022) and Winnipeg Art Galleries’ INUA group exhibition. They were part of RBC’s Emerging Artist Projects From Within (2020) showcasing their work and practice.