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Artist's Profile
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About The Artist:
Carly Bordeau is a member of the White Band of Ojibwe. Carly has been an illustrator for many children’s books and has had
commissions from hotels and casinos where her framed prints are displayed in lobbies and suites.
A college major in graphic design and photography, Carly Bordeau works in a variety of media. Her favorites are pastels and
painted textiles.
She loves the designs of Ojibwe floral patterns that are reflected in much of her work.
Carly Bordeau
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The spirit of the turtle is very important in the life and art work of Carly Bordeau, who calls herself Carly Urbanskin. Those who have
come to know her, however, call her Turtle Woman.
An exhibition of recent works by Bordeau was recently selected for the 33rd annual Symposium on the American Indian at Iowa
State. Bordeau's exhibit is on display in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union.
"Symposium is the oldest American Indian event on campus," says Jill Wagner, assistant professor of anthropology, who helped
get the exhibit to Iowa State. "I actually own a few [pieces] of Carly's work, just because I have always liked it."
Bordeau's "They Call Me Turtle Woman" was selected by the committee to be this year's art exhibit.
Bordeau is a descendant of the Anishinabe people of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, who were confined to the White Earth Indian
Reservation in northern Minnesota.
"I am the last born and sole survivor of a family that has been blessed with many artistic talents and cursed with unspeakable
misfortunes," Bordeau says.
Bordeau says she draws inspiration from her family and upbringing.
"I have written a book, and my artwork is based on my book," Bordeau says. "The stories serve to soften my pain and provide a
legacy of hope to the little one that I will someday leave behind
Friday, February 17, 2012
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