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Quinn Hopkins’ AR art connects Luminato-goers to Anishinaabe animal clan symbols around Toronto – CBC

Jun 07, 2023

‘It’s seven different animals appearing around you in a semi-circle, and they’re there to meet you’

Growing up, Toronto-based artist Quinn Hopkins used art as a way to connect with his Anishinaabe heritage. His mother is from Batchewana First Nation, and as a child, his grandmother would take him to look at rock paintings and learn about the culture.

“I would come home and feel disconnected, so I would paint and it would make me feel a connection again,” he says.

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At the same time, his father worked in tech, giving him an interest in science and technology. When he went to university, he decided to pursue engineering and keep art “as a hobby.” But after getting a concussion playing rugby during his first year, he had to drop out. When he recovered, he was able to take a second shot at university and went in a different direction.

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