June 22, 2019 to June 2020
Mariel Balanger, tukʷtniɬxʷ (detail), 2018, tule mat house, tule reeds, hemp rope, cedar poles Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
This June visitors to the Kelowna Art Gallery will have the chance to experience a traditional tule mat house created by artist Mariel Belanger of the Syilx—Okanagan Nation. The new immersive installation piece “tukʷtniɬxʷ“ will be constructed in our open air gallery space, the Rotary Courtyard. The artist will harvest, weave, and make architectural material from scratch, sourced from the reeds of the local marshlands.
“Tules or schoenoplectus acutus are nature’s water filter. So much of our clean water is dependent upon the marshlands and natural plants within them. Marshlands provide a key housing material and harvest location for Interior Salish Columbia Plateau nations.”
– Mariel Belanger
Mariel Belanger is a Kelowna-based artist dedicated to contributing to the growth of interdisciplinary performance arts as a method to engage Indigenous community, language and culture that tells the stories of our time.
The Opening Reception and Talk & Tour for tukʷtniɬxʷ coincides with the events for Her Body Will Remember.
Friday, June 21, 2019
5 to 6 pm | Curator Talk & Tour with Erin Sutherland
6 to 8 pm | Opening Reception
This event is a free event, open to members and guests by invitation.