Aganetha Dyck

Aganetha Dyck was born in 1937 near Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she was raised in a Mennonite community. She credits this upbringing for her inventiveness and self-sufficiency. She moved with her husband and children to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, in 1972, where she began to take courses at local art centres. From 1974 to 1976 she continued to raise her family while attending Prince Albert Community College in Saskatchewan. Moving her family back to Winnipeg in 1976, she worked on her art and later furthered her study of art history at the University of Winnipeg from 1980 to 1982.

Dyck focuses more on the process of creating than on the making of a final product. Her early domestic experiences, filled with labour-intensive rituals - canning, washing, ironing - paved the way for the body of work she continues to produce. Lady in Waiting - The Glass Dress (1992-98) exemplifies this body of work and the art that grows from the everyday experiences she knows well.

In 2007 she is the winner of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council’s annual Arts Award of Distinction.

Photo: Martin Lipman