After a long winter of far too much healing from a concussion and two surgeries, I’ve been so grateful to spend the spring on the road and making art!
Mid April, I helped install 4 of my sculptures at the Art Gallery of Alberta and attended the opening of Fix Your Hearts or Die.
Following that, I travelled to Banff for Ghost Days: Making Art for Spirit - A multi-disciplinary residency with many fantastic artists, the 4 weeks I spent in Banff were incredible and allowed me to focus on materials and making while meeting with elders, learning new processes in workshops, and learning new processes with the Banff Centre production team!
I’m now rounding off this trip with a few days in Calgary before returning home to Toronto and immediately shipping sculptures off for an upcoming group exhibition at the Dunlop Gallery in Regina, Off-Centre: Queer Contemporary Art in the Prairies
New website content from the last year will be up soon!
Li Salay is on view at the Art Gallery of Alberta from May 25 - Sept 9, 2018. Curated by Amy Malbeuf and Jessie Short. More information: https://www.youraga.ca/exhibitions/lisalay
From the AGA Website:
“Li Salay (Michif for “the sun”), a new exhibition focused on the work of Métis artists from across Canada, stems from co-curators Amy Malbeuf and Jessie Ray Short’s intensive, cross-Canada research and studio visits with over forty Métis artists in 2016 and 2017. Their research revealed the emergence of common, and often intersecting, themes in the artists work, including kinship, labour, the body and land. The curators write: “An eclipse or a cloudy day may present an incomplete or partial vision of the sun. Similarly, Métis people are largely partially visible and partially understood within the cultural fabric of Canada. Li Salay acknowledges Métis people as always present and always whole, although they are often perceived as being partial. Métis art is often invisible due to being subsumed under broader notions of Indigenous art, leaving no space to be defined within it’s own context. Li Salay will examine the shifting boundaries of contemporary Métis artistic practice in an exhibition curated by and comprised of Métis artists.”
Including: Lori Blondeau, Katherine Boyer, Dayna Danger, Rosalie Favell, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Casey Koyczan, Tim Moore, Audie Murray, Sheri Nault, Sherry Farrell Racette, Les Ramsay, Jewel Shaw, Amanda Strong”
Melancholy Queers Club is a project I started working on over the winter. Lots of updates on my instagram @sherinault and more from this project coming soon!