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Meryl McMaster

Colonial Drift
From the series "Wanderings"

Artist

Meryl McMaster
Born in Ottawa in 1988

Title

Colonial Drift
From the series "Wanderings"

Date

2015

Materials

Ink-jet print, artist's proof 1/2

Dimensions

116.8 x 40.6 cm

Credits

Purchase, Serge Desroches Bequest, inv. 2018.131.1-2

Collection

Graphic Arts

Meryl McMaster’s series “Wanderings” expresses her mixed cultural heritage of Red Pheasant and Siksika First Nations, along with British and Dutch ancestors. Inspired by moments of solitude in remote landscapes, she explores her blended histories, reconnecting with the land and her Indigenous ancestry. Incorporating sculptural elements and costumes into these dream-like images, she is guided by members of her communities to discover the Indigenous history of the land. In Colonial Drift, giant bees crawl on the artist and infest the hollow tree trunk that resembles a bee hive. The title refers to the negative effects of colonialism by presenting bees as colonizers – brought to North America by European settlers – although they are also vulnerable to pesticide use.

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