Artists & Artworks


New Child

Kayla Prive

Acrylic on panel - Original 24" x 36", Mural 96" x 144"

In the centre of my painting, surrounded by the Medicine Wheel, is an Elder's face combined with that of a youth, to represent the past and present. The gray orbs have images of the past and Indian Residential School experiences while the tree and the smudge represent moving forward and breathing new life into old ways.

Catharsis

Katlynn Balderstone

Acrylic on panel, 32" x 48", June 2013

My artwork depicts colonization, treaties and the Indian Residential Schools, acknowledging the resulting pain as well as the healing that is possible by sharing these events and making them known. Working on this was sobrering, but extremely important. Without acknowledging our predecessors, we cannot, as a people, hope to move forward and put an end to injustice. As painful as it was to hear the effects of the IRS, I wanted to focus on catharsis in my artwork, and the relief found in surviving and striving to make life better for the next generations.

Buffalo

Lesley Kerpan

Acrylic and mixed media on board, 32" x 48", June 2013

I chose to focus on the symbolism of the buffalo as it represents the loss of culture and heritage but also the strength to overcome obstacles. It was very intense working on this painting as I wanted to create a powerful piece and expand on an important message to reflect the experiences we have learned about.

Unwanted Children of the Indian Residential Schools

Nicole Paul

Acrylic on canvas, 36" x 24", June 2013

Credit for text on image: Cathy Busby, We Are Sorry, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2010 (used with permission)

My painting reveals the consequences that were the direct result of the residential schools, such as loss of languages, loss of culture and the impact this has had on generations of Indigenous people. It was a very emotional and spiritual experience to reflect on and research my own background and cultural history as well as to help me identify with my Aboriginal identity.

Pinpoint (Bottom)

Josh Wade

Woodblock print, 23" x 33", June 2013

My artwork shows that the Indian residential schools and resulting inter-generational impact are issues for all Canadians. Treaties were signed between all of us and unite us as a nation. The map of Canada in my print shows the location of all the Indian residential schools and the fireweed flower signifies hope and new growth after devastation.

Speaking Out

Raene Poisson

Watercolor, graphite, 22" x 30", June 2013

My artwork commemorates the past acknowledging that the residential schools happened and it also shows the hope for the future that the survivors have. it was hopeful and honourable to work on this project. I have learned of survivors' experiences and become part of the healing process.

The Fourth Hill

Corrina Wollf

Oil on canvas, 28" x 48", June 2013

In Aboriginal tradition the four hills represent the four stages of life. Statistically, Aboriginal people in Canada live an average of eight years less than non-Aboriginals and in my painting the fourth hill is absent, commenting on the work that needs to be done to reconcile the inter-generational effects of the Indian residential school experience. The second hill, youth, is crushed by the weight of the residential school, on fire, sitting on top of it. I painted this by imagining myself as one of those children, lost in the schools, spiritually and culturally trapped.

Grassdance

Kirk Brandt

Acrylic on panel, 28" x 48", June 2013

I have layered imagery in my painting to speak about the past, present and future: the treaty medallion, residential school and children along with the eagle, medicine wheels and grass dancer. The latter symbolize strength, healing and a return to culture that was denied in the residential schools.

Dreams for the Future

Sandra Buchner & Julie Stroshein

Digital collage (with artwork by all students in the class), 40" x 65", June 2013

Many people were affected by the Indian residential schools, and this is the response to many. Our artwork combines all the students' work in a collaboration and signifies the coming together of many different viewpoints to create harmony.