A putting exhibit on the Kelowna Artwork Gallery, Storytellers II, places three UBC Okanagan college students within the highlight.
“I’d describe these works as a retrospective of my diploma,” mentioned Maura Tamez, artist. “There’s work from my first 12 months, my second 12 months and this 12 months, which is my fourth.”
On the partitions of the gallery are Tammez’s self-portraits, wire sculptures and items of her tradition. Tamez is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas and at present lives within the Okanagan.
“The work that’s made out of corn husk I used to be making our conventional regalia out of it,” mentioned Tamez. “The costume you see is without doubt one of the clothes we put on throughout our ceremonies so I wished to acknowledge that and bend the borders between wearable artwork and regalia.”
Her items within the exhibit have a give attention to corn husk and cattails.
“A variety of them are made out of cattails, hadntn in my language. Hadntn is a drugs we use it in our ceremonies and actually I’ve been studying about it as a sculptural materials and I’ve been studying about its medicinal qualities,” mentioned Tamez.
Among the many artwork items is a cease movement video titled Pesowan, with a poem overlaid. The piece is a collaboration with Tammez and Ashleigh Giffen.
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The poem of the Pesowan which implies it’s quick or close to distance away focuses on Indigenous remembering and science and expertise,” mentioned Giffen, artist.
“It’s a little bit of a romantic poem; romantic within the sense speaking to the Indigenous individuals of the diaspora however then I included a number of language round expertise and video video games as a result of I wished to centre Indigenous poetry round expertise as a result of I really feel like by inserting us in expertise its refusing extinction.”
One other artist being featured strives to seize the internal feelings by way of a digital camera lens.
“A variety of the issues in my work are issues I’m personally exploring in myself like vulnerability and intimacy and celebration of authenticity,” mentioned Hagar Wirba, artist.
“With the ability to seize that with different individuals permits me to have the ability to get pleasure from that about myself.”
The exhibit is the results of a collaboration between the Kelowna Artwork Gallery, UBC Okanagan and The Arts Council of Central Okanagan.
“I feel it’s important for somebody just like the Arts Council to take a powerful function in guiding exhibition areas and creating alternatives for a younger girl and rising artists generally,” mentioned Kirsteen McCulloch, Govt Director Arts Council of Okanagan.
Storytellers II will probably be on show on the Kelowna Artwork Gallery till April 11.
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