McMasters of the Universe
Ikon's latest exhibition is a jaw-dropper
No stranger to firsts, Ikon opened the influx of fresh O₂ that is the debut solo UK exhibition of Meryl McMaster last week, in which the artist explores the impact of colonialisation, the discovery of self-identity and a sense of belonging. And if that sounds a bit heavy, the collection is also just a lovely experience for your eyes. As Immense as the Sky draws on McMaster's dual heritage as a member of the nêhiyawak and Siksika Nation on her father’s side and Euro-Canadian on her mother’s. Her expansive portrait pics come across a bit like a performance still, replacing how her ancestors would have used word-of-mouth to pass down their history. The artist creates journeys of her predecessor’s past through elaborate indigenous clothing, sculptures and props, which can seem everything from confrontational to inviting and intimate. Utterly beautiful, freeing and in town until February 23. Entry is free.
Image: Meryl McMaster Harbourage For A Song (2019) Giclée Print. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Bulger Gallery, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain and The Baldwin Gallery
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