Carmen Hathaway is an independent media artist of Abenaki and German ancestry.
A member of the Abenaki First Nation, Odanak, Québec, she has resided in Manitoba since the 70s.
In combining traditional methods with digital technologies, the surreal narratives of her mixed media originals seek to intrigue, provoke, engage.
Her visual arts practice evolves through experiences of exhibition, teaching, and creating works in a variety of media including traditional and new media painting, digital photography, video, and audio.
The recipient of several Manitoba Arts Council grants, she has participated in group shows since the late ’90s. Her solo exhibitions Carte Blanche, (Abenaki Museum, Odanak, Québec), and Self-Similarity, (Portage & District Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba) were presented in 2011, From Smoke To Cyber Signals, in 2017 (Ashukan Cultural Space, Montreal, Quebec), and in 2018 at the Canadian Language Museum at Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Ontario.
Her contemporary interpretations of the cultural heritage of Abenaki weaving continually evolve, informing adaptations and hybridizations.
Weaving virtual realities has become a parallel to this aspect in the artist’s digital projects — by incorporating and expanding on ideas relevant to the warp and weft of the fabric of life.