November 13 - December 17, 2009
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
With every meeting of two cultures, there is a struggle. There is a desire to make sense of ones identity and the identity of ones home. The colonization of our country was callous and forceful and I cannot bring myself to be proud of those origins. However, even though I feel false to claim a genuine belonging here, this is my home.
New World Aristocracy is a series of drawings that explore the connections between European leaders and the land they conquered. The struggle to choreograph an image that will make sense of the figure's place in this land is apparent. Tactile pieces of imagery, shallowly assimilated from their surroundings, offer the figure symbolic elements. They adorn themselves with expropriated visuals that hold bond to the new land. Yet, however the two elements combine, the juxtapositions always appear surreal. The figures are unnatural and erratic.
The attempt to fabricate a new history representative of ones mixed feelings of belonging, in the end only solidifies and documents the original struggle.