Image: 2019. Grogged white cone 6 clay and underglaze. Shawna Redskye.

A Remembering: star stories and waterbodies
September 21, 2019 to January 5, 2020

A Remembering: star stories and waterbodies, represents a creative partnership between artist Shawna Redskye and curator Chloe Blair.

The exhibition will focus on the experiences of displacement, colonization and navigation that are shared by so many. As we continue to face displacement from our ancestral lands, it is our water bodies, our languages, our food systems, and the stars that continue to hold the sacred role of navigation.

There are many forms of displacement; geographical, cultural, spiritual. Ongoing colonial violence is just that; active displacement of ourselves from our ancestral lands, our bodies, our ways of knowing. All of which are explored in this body of work.

Our vessels are inherently connected to the stars and water. It is the stories held in the stars that have long guided our ancestors; informing movement, planting, prayer. Our waterbodies are our vessels; reliant on water for breath, for life.

Resonance is an act of remembering.”

Shawna and Chloe will provide a brief talk following the opening remarks at 2:30pm on Sunday, September 29.

The Gallery inaugurates a new series of exhibitions that will showcase emerging artists, curators or writers. The Emerging Talent Series, presented in the Mutual Group Tower Gallery, is generously supported by:

 

About the Artist

aaniin boozhoo. niizhoomigizi kwe nindizhinikaaz, atik ndoodem. anishinaabe miinawaa irish nindaaw.

My name is Shawna Redskye and I am a queer artist of Anishinaabe Irish descent; ancestral threads that are inherently connected with the ways in which I move and create.

In 2016, I completed the Certificate Program at the Haliburton School of Art + Design; an intensive and condensed studio program taught by a diverse array of teachers that allowed me to explore the many expressions of clay. It was here that I found some clarity and direction in my own work with clay. Clay continues to be be one of my biggest teachers.

I live with immense privilege that has afforded me the space, resources and support to create and cultivate this relationship with clay. Within the process of creation, there is responsibility in the privileges and gifts we carry.

My body of work is informed by narratives of the water and land. I tell stories on wheel-thrown and altered vessels with coloured underglaze and sgraffito technique. Debwewin, the Anishinaabe word for truth, speaks of the heart’s role in truth. Each story I tell is rooted in truth-telling, while also recognizing the living nature of truth; something that must be cared for and shared with intention.

About the Curator

Kwey Kwey, Chloe nindizhinikaaz. Gaawiin ningikenimaasii nindoodem. Waterloo nindoonjibaa.

My name is Chloe Blair and I am European-Algonquin. I am a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Art History & Visual Culture program as well as the Haliburton School of Art + Design in the Glassblowing certificate program. I endeavour to consider the historical role of the museum as a tool of cultural oppression and the implications of exhibiting Indigenous artwork within that space. I feel that my most profound responsibility is to ensure that Indigenous artists feel supported to exist within an institution that doesn’t naturally feel safe for them. In doing so we not only reclaim a politically charged space, but also enrich audiences and communities with artworks that, at their most basic level, demand acknowledgement of our survival.