There are many points of entry into Wanderings, Meryl McMaster’s exhibition at Artspace: Indigenous, feminist, fine art photography, media arts, performative, sculptural, interdisciplinary, Surrealist, multi-cultural, self-portrait, land-based, anthropomorphic, craft / material arts, post-literate.
The young Ottawa-based artist is one to watch, with numerous solo exhibitions already under her belt including the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, and a residency in Detroit, since completing a B.A. at Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University in 2010.
“Meryl McMaster is, arguably, one of the most important young artists—Indigenous or otherwise—working in Canada right now,” says exhibition curator and Artspace Director Jonathan Lockyer. “McMaster’s work, in exceptionally subtle ways, creates spaces for the viewer to consider difficult questions concerning identity, history, colonialism, and Indigenous self-determination. As a white curator, McMaster’s work is a constant reminder for me that we all play a role in either upholding or deconstructing the ongoing legacy and effects of colonization in Canada.”
Cover photo credit: Meryl McMaster, Weight of the Shadow, used with permission.