A walk through Alberta’s northern woodlands reveals a beautiful world. Listen closely and you will hear layers of distinctive sounds and wandering through the landscape the dance of sun and shadows clears and illuminates your vision.
Seekers with a sense of purpose, the Indigenous artists featured in the Woodlands exhibition express a deep appreciation of the natural world through their art.
With humour and bold brushstrokes Linus Woods shares the spirit of the Northern animals and shares his moment of communion with the wildlife who pass through his field of vision. Guided by traditional environmental knowledge and community values, the fine craft artists featured in this exhibition also acknowledge the spirit of the flora and fauna of the forest. Through protocols and attention to detail their careful stitches elevate practical goods to treasured and wearable works of textile art.
Utilizing paint, natural materials and seed beads, the works featured in the exhibition Woodlands celebrate the wonder of Alberta’s boreal forest and the remarkable perspectives, sense of place and cultural practices of contemporary Indigenous artists.
With works from the collection of the Aboriginal Arts Council of Alberta, this exhibition was curated by Sharon Kootenay and Shane Golby of the Art Gallery of Alberta (TREX Region 2). This exhibition was generously funded by Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Cover image: Linus Woods, Deer, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, Aboriginal Arts Council of Alberta Permanent Collection
6 craft artists
20 art works
2 didactic panels
75 running feet