Tuesday, June 4, 2019 to Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Visual arts

Venue: The Baldwin Gallery

Meryl McMaster / Sarah Sense / Patrick Dean Hubbell / Sonny Assu

An exhibition of mixed media by First Nations Canadian and Native American artists, SUBSTRATA investigates the notion of surface and that which lies hidden beneath. Each artist brings to light the underlying strata of personal biography, ancestral memory, and contested landscapes that have informed their rich and diverse contemporary perspectives.

Of Plains Cree and European descent, sculptural photographer Meryl McMaster interrogates the constructed nature of identity using performative sculptural guises. She explores the invented personas and social masks that conceal us, inviting the viewer to question what is sacrificed from one’s interiority to the surface of a fixed image.

Kwakwaka’wakw interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu explores the contested territories of Canada’s Northwest Coast by overlaying indigenous iconography onto scanned navigational marine charts and digital renditions of 20th-century landscape paintings. 

Patrick Dean Hubbell’s practice is rooted in a deep connection to his ancestral lands. Earth|Paradigm is a series of abstract paintings, representative of nature and the landscape, created using ochre and sienna-hued earth pigments gathered from his Navajo ancestral lands. 

With Choctaw and Chitimacha ancestry, Sarah Sense weaves together found imagery and her own landscape photography using traditional basket-making techniques. In Choctaw Irish Relation (2015) Sarah revisits stories told to her by her Choctaw grandmother, in particular the history of a Choctaw community that gave financial aid to the Irish during the famine of the 1840s. Sense’s intricately structured compositions divulge a hidden network of perspectives, family ties and migratory paths.


Substrata will hang from the 4th - 18th, viewable by appointment and on open days: Saturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9th,  11 - 5:30.