From December 15 2023 to January 28 2024
she makes all things good
Maria-Margaretta explores generational relations by considering the ways in which objects are created, kept, and passed down. she makes all things good reflects on her homelands and ancestral lineage through the transformative power of objects. This durational piece created over the first year of her daughter’s life fuses together beaded objects and archival documentation to create a visual map reflecting on Margaretta’s parenting journey. Centering Michif motherhood and the love that has always existed for our children, Margaretta considers how everyday acts of care are activated within her artistic practice. she makes all things good highlights the slow repetitive labor of beading as reflective in the everyday labour of Michif women in home spaces and home building. The delicate woven beaded ropes become a fortified object of shelter while the ax sheath, tent, and gloves become visual symbols of her daughter and her ancestral homelands. Thinking through structures that hold, carry and build, Margaretta envisions new worlds for holding and dreaming with her daughter.
Please note that the gallery space is not opened during window exhibitions.
Maria-Margaretta is an interdisciplinary Red River Michif artist from Treaty Six Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She has ancestral ties to the Métis communities of St-François-Xavier, St. Boniface, Manitoba and St. Louis, Saskatchewan. She is currently making and living on the stolen territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nations. Maria-Margaretta holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art+Design and an MFA from OCAD University. Her practice is an exploration of the Michif self archive, autobiographical beadwork and objects of the everyday. Using Métis identity as a place of transformation, she questions how memory, personal experience, motherhood, and ancestral relations influence her understanding of self.