For the visual arts Ottawa is currently where it’s at!
Spring has been a busy time for the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Recently Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) opened their new facilities. Ottawa-based arts writer Rose Ekins reviewed the inaugural exhibition for Canadian Art. In Ottawa Report: The New and the Renewed she writes:
“In the “Mapping” section, Anishinaabe artist Barry Ace’s Nayaano-nibiimaang Gichigamlan: The Five Great Lakes (2016) features five honour blankets referencing traditional Anishinaabe stories for each lake, crafted from Hudson’s Bay Company blankets. Embellishments on the blankets by Ace—including beading, horse hair, copper and mountain-climbing rope—form flower motifs and iconography such as the Thunderbird. These honouring blankets signify both the colonization of and cultural endurance of the Anishinaabe peoples, peoples upon whose land Ottawa has been built, still unceded and unsurrendered.”
Read full article here.