An artist of Plains Cree and Scottish ancestry, Cuthand’s practice explores the frictions between cultures, the failures of representation, and the political uses of anger. Cuthand’s beaded portraits of infectious agents significant to indigenous people, past and present, were featured in the survey show of contemporary Canadian art, Oh, Canada, at MASS MoCA in 2012, which subsequently travelled across Canada.
Cuthand’s solo exhibition and accompanying catalogue, Back Talk (works 1983-2009), toured across Eastern Canada including Plug In ICA (Winnipeg, MB), Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery (Halifax, NS), and Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon, SK), amongst others. In 2013, Cuthand was awarded the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award and in 2015 was named an Alumni of Influence by the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan.
Ruth Cuthand holds an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan, and currently lives and works in Saskatoon, SK.