Moon Mothers: Keepers of Knowledge is a cross-cultural exhibition featuring Māori artists June Northcroft Grant and Lewis Gardiner from Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Nuu-chah-nulth artist Tim Paul from Canada.
The exhibition is dedicated to the teachings and philosophies of the Clan Mothers — an international council of 13 indigenous grandmothers who represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing on the environment and for survival in the changing world. The wisdom and history of this organization is captured in the book The 13 Original Clan Mothers by Jamie Sams (Harper Collins Publisher).
Māori artist June Northcroft Grant began a series of 13 paintings honoring the Clan Mothers while completing an artist-in-residence program at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Olympia, Washington, USA. Her vision for the exhibition required another artist from a different tribal background to artistically interpret their wisdom and Nuu-chah-nulth artist Tim Paul was invited to participate. Tim, an artist renowned for his artworks on the moon cycles and contemporary environmental issues, has produced 13 small sculptures that mirror his cultural perspective on the Clan Mothers. Māori artist Lewis Gardiner was also invited to reflect his interpretation by producing a series of 13 small intimate sculptures that capture the essence of the Clan Mothers in the sacred pounamu jade.
March 14 - April 4, 2015
'Keewatin Women in Stone' celebrates the lives of two very different Nunavut artists from the Keewatin region north-west of the Hudsons Bay. Camille Iquilq (1963-2005) and Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok (1934-2012) are representative of two generations and very different upbringings. Lucy was born on the land and experienced the nomadic and traditional way of life before settling in Arviat, whereas Camille was born and raised within the relative comfort of the community of Baker Lake. The collection is a selection of at least 30 stone sculptures from each artist, with pieces ranging from the early 1990s forward. The exhibition contrasts their individual styles yet highlights the same shared values with relationships and the strong bonds within the family.
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