The Nina Haggerty Gallery (9225 118 Avenue)
Open to the public, by donation, February 27 – March 11.
Gallery hours are as follows:
Feb 27 – March 2 |10 am – 2 pm
March 3 | 1 – 3 pm
March 4 | 10 am – 1 pm (SkirtsTEAfest)
March 5 – 7 | 10 am – 2 pm
March 8 & 9 | 10 am to Noon, and during evening festival events
March 10 & 11 | open during festival events (click here for specific times)
The Wombs We Come From is a visual reflection of diverse Edmonton women artists sharing their umbilical connections.
MJ Belcourt-Moses, Kasie Campbell, Sofia Christanti,
Linda Faye Lawrence and Dez Stewart
Curated by Lana Whiskeyjack
Melissa-Jo (MJ) Belcourt Moses comes from a rich Metis ancestry and possesses a wealth of cultural skills, acquired from Metis and Aboriginal elders throughout northern and central Alberta. As a descendent of the French, Cree and Mohawk people of the Michel Band, Melissa-Jo has strong reverence for the skills and technology employed by her ancestors, who as guides, traders and buffalo hunters settled in the west among their Native brethren. This deep connection to her roots is the inspiration for much of her artwork and ongoing research in developing, in others, an appreciation for the Metis contribution in Canada’s history. MJ will also be the guest artist for A Place for Prose, March 10, 2 – 4 pm, in the gallery.
Kasie Campbell is a visual artist working in Edmonton, AB.Campbell focuses on integrating a variety of media including sculpture, installation, new media and performance. She has earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Alberta. In June 2015, Campbell was a recipient of the International Sculpture Centre’s Outstanding Student Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture, nominated by professional Artist and Sessional Academic Royden Mills. For The Wombs We Come From, Kasie has drawn on work she has recently collaborated with her mother on. The themes and nature of the work thus far, are about women and the relationship women have with their bodies, self-esteem and certain ways they may feel uncomfortable in social situations.
Sofia Cristanti was born and raised in Indonesia, receiving a Fine Art degree majored in painting in 2002, and a Master of Business Administration in 2005 from Insitute of Technology Bandung. Sofia immigrated in Canada in 2010 as an immigrant worker and received the Cultural Diversity Award from the Edmonton Art Council in 2011. Sofia has worked with acrylic, oil, oil pastel, soft pastel, andexperimental mixed media.
Ootemin (Linda Fay) is a painterwho was born in Edmonton and raised with Dene-Métis/Cree traditions in the Northwest Territories. Her name is derived from her paternal Cree Grandfather’s, “Ootehimin,” which translates to “strawberry.” Her love of photography and painting images of trees and nature, including Eagles, Moose, and Caribou, reflects her vision of Dene-Métis Cree traditional and contemporary ways of life. Ootemin is influenced by the art of Emily Carr, Monet, Alex Javier and Robert Bateman. Ootemin developed her creative talents through sharing with indigenous artists, experiential art therapy and her travels across Canada.
Dez Stewart is an accomplished artist and works with many mediums – clay, glass, lino print, drawing and painting. She has done many works with pastel on paper and canvas. Her current ‘body’ of work involves a detailed examination and depictions of human body parts in clay, which she calls the ‘surgical body.’ Dez’s creative process evolves though a focused investigation of subject matter. She has a wide range of interests and she explores each subject in detail.
Curator Lana Whiskeyjack is a multidisciplinary treaty iskwew artist from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Treaty Six Territory, Alberta. Among her early influencers and teachers were her mother’s and grandmother’s gifts in the traditional arts (beadwork, moose hair tufting, fish scale, moccasin making, quilting and sewing). Lana’s research, writing and art explores the paradoxes of what it means to be nehiyaw (Cree) and iskwew (woman) in a Western culture and society and how her and other indigenous women are reclaiming, regathering and remembering their ancestral medicine (sacredness and power).
Featured artwork by Kasie Campbell