Christi Belcourt

La chanson de l'eau

2010-2011
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Foregrounding Métis history and aesthetic practices, this painting merges Belcourt’s knowledge of beadwork traditions – it contains an estimated 150,000 to 250,000 bead-like dots – with her medicinal plant expertise. Wild rose, painted trillium, blueberry, plantain, sundew, clubmoss, strawberry, Indian pipe, skunk cabbage, lady’s slipper, yarrow, thistle, chokecherry, Miskwabiigamo, tamarack, burdock, maple, clover and milkweed are each represented, as are insects, raindrops, dew and various birds – barn owls, two types of warblers, a northern flicker, a downy woodpecker and a nuthatch. The floral designs, prominant in Métis beadwork, are a result of the merging of Indigenous artistic traditions (quillwork, for example) with Victorian embroidery patterns introduced by nuns in Roman Catholic missions.

Titre
La chanson de l'eau
Date
2010-2011
Technique
Peinture
Matériaux
huile sur toile
Dimensions
201.5 x 389 cm
Nationalité
Canada
Mention de source
Acheté en 2011
Numéro d'acquisition
43469