|Harbinger of Sudden Departures 2015|
chromogenic print, 24" x 36" by Meryl McMaster
|Aphoristic Currents 2013|
chromagenic print 36 x 50" by Meryl McMaster
|Murmur I 2013|
inkjet print 90 x 60" by Meryl McMaster
|Avian Wanderer II 2015|
Giclee print 20 x 30" by Meryl McMaster
|Time's Gravity 2015|
pigment print on watercolour paper 30 x 45"
|Phantom Science 2015|
ink jet print 18 x 62"
She gazes away from the camera.
|dream catcher 2015|
ink jet print 32 x 66"
"I use winter a lot. It feels like a magical time. Everything is frozen; it feels like it's being held in that moment. It's like sleeping. There is also the solitude. When I go on winter walks, I feel like I do a lot more reflection than on my summer wlaks. Winter is also a hostile time. It brings an urgency to the images. I push myself. I have been in quite a lot of pain in my fingers, toes, and extremities from being out in the cold too long. But I keep going back to winter. There's something about that time of year."
|under the infinite sky 2015|
ink jet print 30 x 45 "
There are always gaps and biases in our relatioinship to the past, and it was through my art that I could explore and expose them. It was a way of creating a conversation with myself as well as with other people. First of all, it comes from a very personal place. Most of us have a mixed background, so we're all asking similar self-directed questions. I've learned that my two different heritages are not always going to completely align, and in order to move forward I have to celebrate those differences."
"In my teens I was learning about Canada's difficult past, a past that could have involved my own ancestors. So if I wanted to be proud of my mothers' family and connected to my European roots, I realized I might be abandoning my Indigenous side. It was as if I was involved in some kind of betrayal. I struggled with how to acknowledge and be present in both sides of myself."
Sources for these images and text:
Picturing the Red Line, An Interview with Meryl McmMaster by Robert Enright in Border Crossings magazine in 2018 and Confluence, the exhibition catalogue for Meryl McMaster's solo exhibition curated by Heather Anderson in 2016. All italics are quotes by the artist, Meryl McMaster.
Although it is interesting to find out about the artist's personal background, it is possible to respond to her images without knowing the back-story.
As Immense As The Sky is a more recent exhibition, (catalogue available)