© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Little Red River Reserve artist Miranda Henderson is seen displaying her works at fellow artisan Gerald Regnitterâs home during the recent 263 Art Studio Tour.
At an early age, artist Miranda Henderson found joy in making people think about what they were looking at.
âI lived in an isolated community, so the only way to escape was through my imagination,â she said. âThe best way I could capture those images was by painting and drawing.â
Henderson was part of last weekendâs 263 Art Studio Tour -- a self-guided tour through the Christopher Lake area of various artistsâ studios.
Concerned that people would be unable to find her home at Little Red River Reserve, she paired up with woodworker Gerald Regnitter north of the Christopher Lake turnoff.
Displaying a handful of paintings, her small collection of work highlighted realism mixed with fantasy -- all with surrealist undertones.
The point of any piece of art is to spark thought and conversation, Henderson said, noting that she enjoys making her artworkâs intent ambiguous to encourage open interpretation.
âI always want to leave a person questioning themselves, or if not themselves the work that theyâre looking at,â she said. âWhat makes sense to me could be anything to anyone else.â
Although she identifies as an aboriginal artist, sheâs quick to point out that she doesnât define her artwork as such.
âWhen I say Iâm an aboriginal artist, people try to specify me into being one style, and Iâm trying to break free from that to being contemporary -- my own way of seeing things.
Hendersonâs artwork can be seen at the On the Avenue Artisanâs Gallery at 911 Central Avenue in downtown Prince Albert.