Join us for a panel discussion on Tuesday, July 17 at 6 pm, with Guest Curator Jaimie Isaac and artists Meagan Musseau, Meghann O’Brien, and Tania Willard who will talk about their practices and mutual interests in weaving.
This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Woven Together, which is on view until October 7, 2018.
This program is free to the public.
Curator and Artists’ Biographies
Jaimie Isaac is the Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Isaac holds a Masters of Arts from the University of British Columbia with a research focus on Decolonizing and Indigenizing Curatorial Practices, a Bachelors of Art History, and an Arts and Cultural Management Certificate from the University of Winnipeg. Recent exhibitions include Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant, Boarder X(national tour), We Are On Treaty Land, and Quiyuktchigaewin; Making Good, Insurgence Resurgence (Winnipeg Art Gallery’s inaugural national Indigenous Biennale) co-curated with Dr.Julie Nagam. Isaac co-founded The Ephemerals Collective, which was long-listed for the 2017 Sobey Art Award. She has published and presented extensively in North America and Europe. Isaac was on faculty at the Wood Land School at Plug In Summer Institute and guest lectured for various universities. Isaac was one of the Canada Council’s Indigenous delegation at the 2017 Venice Biennale. She volunteers for the Border Crossings Magazine and is on Advisory Committees for Manitoba Museum and Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Meagan Musseau is an interdisciplinary visual artist of Mi’kmaq and French ancestry from the community of Curling in the Bay of Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador––Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk territory of Mi’kma’ki. She works with customary art practices and new media, such as beadwork, basketry, land-based action and installation to explore memory, language, and the relationship between land and body, object and narrative. Musseau graduated with a BFA in Visual Art from Grenfell Campus Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She was a member of the Indigenous Emerging Artist Program 2015-16 on unceded Coast Salish territory and has participated in artist residencies both nationally and internationally. Her work has been supported by awards such as the Emerging Artist Award, VANL-CARFAC (2018); Atlantic Canadian Emerging Artist Residency at the Banff Centre, the Hnatyshyn Foundation (2018); Aboriginal Arts Development Award, First Peoples’ Cultural Council (2016); and Corner Brook Emerging Artist of the Year (2013).
Meghann O’Brien is a Northwest Coast weaver from the community of Alert Bay, BC. Her innovative approach to the traditional artforms of basketry, Yeil Koowu (Raven’s Tail) and Naaxiin (Chilkat) textiles connects to the rhythms and patterns of the natural world and creates a continuity between herself and her ancestors. O’Brien, who left the world of professional snowboarding to work fulltime as a weaver in 2010, employs materials such as hand-spun mountain goat wool and cedar bark in her meticulous weavings and baskets. She has apprenticed with master weavers Kerri Dick, Sherri Dick, and William White. Meghann now lives in Vancouver, B.C, and is currently exploring the intersection of indigenous materials and techniques with the world of fashion. She travels globally to lecture and demonstrate, yet emphasizes the value of contributing to the contemporary ceremonial practices of the Haida and Kwakwakw’wakw people.
Tania Willard, of Secwe?pemc and settler heritage, works within the shifting ideas around contemporary and traditional, often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Public Art projects include, Rule of the Trees, a public art project at Commercial Broadway sky train station, in Vancouver BC and If the Drumming Stops, with artist Peter Morin, on the lands of the Papaschase First Nation in Edmonton, AB. Willard’s ongoing collaborative project BUSH gallery, is a conceptual land-based gallery grounded in Indigenous knowledges and relational art practices. Willard is an MFA candidate at UBCO Kelowna, BC and her current research constructs a land rights aesthetic through intuitive archival acts.