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On Art: ᒥᔪᑕᒧᐣ  ᓇᓇᓂᐢ miyotamon nananis


Strathcona County Hall in Sherwood Park presents an art exhibition by Métis mixed-media artist Heather Shillinglaw.

On now through January 13th, “ᒥᔪᑕᒧᐣ  ᓇᓇᓂᐢ miyotamon nananis – it is a good road in all directions” consists of art quilting, which Shillinglaw designed to envision Central Albertan landscapes as they would have appeared for her ancestors. The exhibit’s focus is a large-scale fibre art piece, set against a red wall and emblazoned with depictions of Joseph Lake, Cooking Lake, Lac Ste-Anne, and the North Saskatchewan River, among other distinctive facets of the area. Shillinglaw’s art quilt practice is informed by the teaching of her mother, Cold Lake First Nations elder Shirley Norris-Shillinglaw.

With the help of aerial photographs, Shillinglaw is able to depict a stylized bird’s-eye view of the Treaty 6 region. Lovingly personalized with poetic text and infused with lively colours, these hand-created maps serve as a cultural recollection for her.

Heather Shillinglaw joins Grant Stovel on Alberta Morning to talk about weaving oral traditions through her quilting: