|Canada Day 2017 is approaching and as a member of 'settler society' I am working on paintings about how to atone and act to undo the harms of colonialsm past and present. Like my 4 shows in the past year, proceeds from all work in the series on these pages are donated to support initiatives for children and youth in isolated northern First Nations including Neskantaga FN and Pikangikum FN. Visit my tumblr and public facebook pages (links at bottom of web page). |
|I gathered more weathered plywood from the public spaces, to scrub and use in composing cityscapes for 2017. These constructions using public access weathered wood with paint on woodgrained panels, are unique and fun but they also chllenge the idea of land as property "owned" rather than a resource to be tended, ptotected and nurtured for future generations.|
|My paintings/mixed media were at Ben Navaee Gallery (1107 Queen St E), July 1-14, over Canada Day 2016. These works about Toronto (the 1787/2010 land deal) use local pieces of the land (weatherend gathered plywood, birch bark, sand) to honour the history and rights of indigenous people. More examples can be seen on tumblr. |
|Thanks everyone who came to my booth at the Riverdale Art Walk June 4-5. Paintings sold (birch bark clotheslines, Red Dress Day Memorials, the 7 Sacred Teachings, the Hope of Youth, the Toronto Purchase Story). Examples on the 'Out There' page on this website.|
|My main project since July 2015 has been paintings inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission including two exhibits titled "We Are All Treaty People" at the Ben Navaee Gallery in Toronto. The link to the pdf guide for the October 2015 show is here. NOW Magazine noted the February 2016 show as one of its Top 3 Pics here. All the proceeds from both shows went to Neskantaga First Nation playground upgrade and the Pikangikum First Nation Working Group Projects. With the help of a young artist Mariya Li, some of my work is now on tumblr and facebook. An article on this work apears in Winspeaker Magazine.|
The painting to the left is 'Red Dress Day Oct. 4' a day to remember murdered and missing indigenous women and girls. The painting in the header also in this series is titled 'More than 1200' with a 1200 one-inch square grid with over 1200 markings for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
Left is one in a series of paintings to respect the youth in northern Ontario First Nation communities, and the hope and bravery of youth and their communities as they fight against despair, high suicide rates and poverty for clean water, safe housing, power and schools. The painting is about Shannen Koostachin a Grade 8 student who led the fight for a school in Attawapiskat.
|The painting to the left is about the fire in Loon Lake Saskatchewan, when the 911 call came from the First Nation, the village fire chief decided not to respond because the FN had an unpaid bill.|
|Left (and insert in header) are in a series of 24 X 24 wood panels titled 'Our home on stolen land' about broken treaties, broken trust, and what successive governments (and all of us by implication) have done to deny the land rights, human rights and self-determination of original peoples and their Nations. |