The catalogue accompanying Tania Willard's exhibition features full-colour reproductions of her works in the exhibition, including sculptures, paintings, large-scale graphite drawings and panoramic ochre murals. Willard's work explores sense of place in relation to her Secwepemc roots. She draws from storytelling traditions referencing landforms, petroglyphs and tree stands found in Secwepemc lands. Willard utilizes materials from the region—for example, applying red ochre directly to the gallery walls—as a way of reclaiming space within the gallery. She takes an activist approach in her various creative practices, blending elements of traditional First Nations art with contemporary culture. Artist Chris Bose writes an insightful essay describing the artist's exploration of Secwepemc culture within the context of contemporary life. Jordan Strom's essay provides in depth background to the works in the exhibition.Full colour, 64pp, $14.99Kamloops Art Gallery, 2009.
About the authors
Chris Bose is a writer, multi-disciplinary artist, musician, curator and filmmaker.He is a founding member of the Arbour Collective, an Aboriginal arts collective based in Kamloops, with a national membership. He is also a workshop facilitator of community arts events, digital storytelling, art workshops with people of all ages and backgrounds. Bose performs curatorial work for First Nations art shows and projects, and research and writing for periodicals across Canada. He is also involved with project management and coordination, mixed-media productions, film, audio and video recording and editing, and is a music festival producer. Chris Bose is of the N’laka’pamux/Secwepemc Nation in BC, and currently spends his time in Kamloops, BC.
Jordan Strom is a curator and writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. As curator of the Surrey Art Gallery since 2009, Strom has curated exhibitions and projects at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Kamloops Art Gallery, Presentation House Gallery, Republic Gallery, and others. Jordan holds an MFA in Art History from the University of British Columbia and is the author and editor of numerous articles and essays on contemorary art.