Curated by Sierra Bronkhorst
Collaging Memory highlights the materiality of paper in representing form and preserving memory. Mark-making on paper holds information about the past, our memories, and in documenting our collections of experience. In layering and collaging different forms of mark-making and paper, we are reminded of the complexities of memory recollection, whether in shared or individual experiences. Differing perspectives between the selected artists inform the visual representation of memory in each respective piece, however, paper remains a commonality between the selected artists. Whittome preserves memory by collaging together prints of objects that she has collected. Poitras combines disparate ideas and images to challenge audience perspective and worldviews by telling visual stories in her work. Smith’s intervention internally preserves memories and the familiarity of nature and the country. Finally, Bronkhorst layers paper with the intention of preserving history and documenting her own experiences.
"Today, more and more Indians are becoming successful warriors and healers, storytellers and teachers in mainstream society, applying historical values to contemporary situations, proud and certain of their identity, successfully maintaining their culture as adapted to their new situation, and relying on the same spiritual resources that guided their ancestors."1
Jane Ash Poitras quote in Gerald McMaster and Lee-Ann Martin, eds. Indigena: Contemporary Native Perspectives Copyright © (Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1992) 167.