Melissa General, Kehyára’s, 2013
Congratulations to Photography alumnus Melissa General and Meryl McMaster, recipients of the prestigious Reveal Indigenous Arts Awards! Melissa and Meryl were two of the 150 artists honoured in Winnipeg last month for their artistic excellence.
Melissa General is Mohawk/Oneida from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a graduate of OCAD and completed an MFA at York University. Working in photography, installation and video, her practice focuses on concepts of memory, history, land and her Indigenous identity. Her work has been exhibited at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa), Harbourfront Centre, Art Gallery of Peterborough and Gallery 44 (Toronto).
To learn more about Melissa, check out Tea & Bannock!
Meryl McMaster is an Ottawa-based artist and holds BFA in Photography from OCAD University. McMaster’s work takes advantage of both the spontaneity of photography and the manual production of props or sculptural garments, performance and self-reflection. She is interested in exploring questions of how we construct our sense of self through lineage, history and culture. Her work has been included in exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Mendel Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She currently has a solo touring exhibition across Canada titled “Confluence” traveling until 2018. McMaster is the recipient of the REVEAL Indigenous Art Award, Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Artists, the Canon Canada Prize, the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, the OCAD U Medal and was long listed listed for the 2016 Sobey Art Award.
Congratulations to recent alumni Meryl McMaster for her show, opening today, at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico!
Photo by Ian Clark
Meryl McMaster: Wanderings
Guest Curator: Jon Lockyer
August 21th to December 31st
Meryl McMaster’s work demonstrates a continually evolving exploration of the artist’s own relationship to cultural and familial heritage within the larger framework of historical and contemporary Indigenous identities. As a person with both Indigenous and European familial lineages, McMaster treats identity subjectively, as something that is never complete, always in process, but invariably shaped by both internal and external factors and actions. Wandering, a new body of photo-based work, represents a new progression in the photo-based practice of Meryl McMaster. While previous bodies of work have established the artist’s occupation of two contrasting, but interrelated worlds, the work in Wandering takes aim at the personal journey McMaster has undertaken within these worlds.
About the artist:
Meryl McMaster is an Ontario-based artist and a BFA graduate from OCAD University, Toronto. She is the recipient of the Charles Pachter Prize, the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, the Canon Canada Prize and the OCAD Medal. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States and has been acquired by various public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Eiteljorg Museum and the Donovan Collection.
About the curator:
Jon Lockyer is a curator, educator, and writer from Toronto, Ontario. Lockyer’s interest as a curator focuses on issues of social and political engagement, and that challenges the aesthetic and pedagogical boundaries of contemporary art. More specifically, Lockyer is interested in Indigenous art and curatorial practices that have originated in North America since the early 1960s. Lockyer received his BA from Trent University in Canadian Studies, and recently completed an MFA at OCAD University in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. He was an intern at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe, NM), and previously worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, ON) and C Magazine. Lockyer currently lives in Peterborough, Ontario where he is the Director of Artspace.
Meryl McMaster, Meryl 2, 2010. Digital chromogenic print, 36 x 36 in.
Congratulations to OCAD U Photo Graduate Meryl McMaster on her work being showcased at the National Museum of the American Indian!
The National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center will feature its first exhibition devoted to Meryl McMaster (Plains Cree member of the Siksika Nation, British and Dutch), an emerging artist from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. “ Meryl McMaster: Second Self” examines McMaster’s “Second Self” series, which was first exhibited in 2013 at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis as part of the RED: Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. The exhibition opens June 12 and runs through Dec. 11 in the museum’s Photo Gallery. Admission is free.
McMaster’s interest is based on using portraiture and self-portraiture to explore questions of how people construct their sense of self through lineage, history and culture. “Second Self” reconsiders identity through portraiture by incorporating drawing and sculpture. Representing the complexities of identity, the drawings and sculptures act like masks or personas to conceal and change the subject’s identity. Persona has come to define the individual for the public while concealing the real person. The mask, then, is like the second self.
The National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center is located at One Bowling Green in New York City, across from Battery Park. The museum is free and open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursdays until 8 p.m.
Bio: Meryl McMaster is a Canadian-based artist and a graduate in photography from OCAD University. Her artistic practice begins with photography, evoking a journey that follows a path of self-discovery. She is interested in exploring questions of how we construct our sense of self through lineage, history and culture. McMaster’s practice extends beyond straight photography by incorporating other artistic media into how she build images and express her ideas. McMaster’s resulting work takes advantage of both the spontaneity of photography and the manual production of props or sculptural garments, performance and self-reflection. McMaster’s work unravels identity and subjectivity as something that is never complete, but always in process and invariably formed from within.
Congratulations to Meryl McMaster (2010 OCAD U graduate)
on being included in two recent group exhibitions!
In Another Place, And Here
January 24, 2015 – May 31, 2015
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1040 Moss St, Victoria, British Columbia
January 30, 2015 – April 5, 2015
Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library
12th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan
This exhibition is also featured in Canadian Art’s “15 Shows We Want to See in 2015“!