Aganetha Dyck was born in 1937 near Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was raised in a Mennonite community. She briefly lived in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan from 1972 to 1976, and then moved back to Winnipeg. She began studying art in Saskatchewan, but continued to do so in Winnipeg afterwards.
Her early artworks were connected to household tasks and objects. For example, she created a series of works where she turned doing laundry into art. She washed and shrunk down wool clothes to make small sculptures. These early artworks were about the jobs and roles in a household that were usually considered women’s work.
Her later artworks make us think about environmental issues, and how animals and humans work together. She is concerned about what would happen if bees and other animals disappeared from the earth.
Aganetha and her collaborating artists keep asking us to look closer at the things we tend to overlook.