Daphne Boyer is a Canadian visual artist and plant scientist who is known for combining plant material, high-resolution digital tools and women’s traditional handwork to create art that showcases her family’s Métis heritage and honours plants as the basis of life on earth.
At an early age, Daphne became fascinated with the order, beauty and life-cycles of the natural world while trekking across the Saskatchewan prairie with her naturalist mother. This fascination grew into a passion for healing with herbs, harvesting wild plants for food and cultivating large-scale gardens. She became a plant scientist. Later, she set up a studio and began using the repeat patterns in nature to create a visual language based on historically important plants. She became an artist.
As a process-based artist, Daphne harvests plant material to create iterative works that reflect the generational aspect of the stories she tells. Working intuitively, she stages and photographs berries, leaves, blossoms and thorns, and then scales the resulting digital images. She uses these images to create colourful works on paper, textile or in 360° animation.
Daphne recently invented a digital beading technique called ‘Berries to Beads’. This photo-based technique pushes the boundaries of spectacular traditional Métis beading into the realm of contemporary art.
Daphne has received financial support from Montréal art interculturels, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the First Peoples’ Cultural Council of British Columbia and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her work has been shown in both Canada and the USA and is represented by Alcheringa Gallery in Victoria, BC. Canada.