Rolande Souliere, "Platform," street barriers, reflective sheeting, clamps, metal, wood and mirrors, 2008. PHOTO: Peter Endersbee
June 25 to August 1, 2010, The New Gallery, Calgary.
There are multitudes of influences in Raymonde Souliere’s installation, on June 25 to August 1 at The New Gallery in Calgary. A member of the Michipocoten First Nation now living in Sydney, Australia, Souliere has created work that repurposes northwest coast motifs, rendering them in traffic signage and construction materials. The result is an abstract form that blends indigenous culture, Modernism, and confrontation of the constructed, regulated world. Each of the pieces in the installation telegraphs its own messages about cultural identity, appropriation, and resistance. Originally from Toronto, Souliere didn’t start expanding her visual art practice until she settled permanently in Australia — before that her work was focused on Aboriginal craft and adornment. Moving so far away from Canada opened up her practice to the freedom of installation — something she’ll bring back home with this show.