Land is Home

Indigenous Art Exhibition The Land is Home

Over the next year, the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary Nature Centre will display The Land is Home project – a rotating exhibition of artworks that feature connections to the land created by Indigenous artists.

The seasonally themed exhibitions will rotate through the Nature Centre each quarter, beginning with the spring exhibition in April 2022. 

Spring exhibition: Flight/Arrival/Memory


The current exhibition features, “The Humm”, a series of four, 8” x 10” silkscreen prints by Kainai First Nation artist, Tara Manyfingers, and a selection of poems titled, “Passerine’, by Kainai First Nation artist, Henry Heavyshield.

Featured artists


Henry Heavyshield, Kainai First Nation

Henry Heavyshield is a Blackfoot (Kainai) writer currently living in northern Alberta.

He completed his undergraduate degree (B.A. English/ Indigenous Literatures) at the University of Lethbridge, and he attended graduate studies at The University of British Columbia.

His work has appeared in Joyland, C Magazine, Kimiwan Zine as well as in an anthology of Indigenous writing with Annick Press. When he isn’t reading, writing, or tending to guinea pigs you can usually catch him on his bike or skateboard. He would like to thank the generosity and support of his family. Kitsikakommim (I love you).

Artist statement

“In Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to the Dictionary”, the poet writes “I am of the earth and with words I sing.” I have taken this line as an inspiration or jump-off point for the poems in this selection. Passerine, titled after the order of songbirds, is both a means of honouring the animals that call Inglewood Bird Sanctuary home, as well as an exploration of the connections between song and place/land.

 

While some of the poems and their imagery are explicitly about birds, “Spring Thaw” and “Flight” for instance, the guiding theme linking these poems is the land as a source of voice or as a source of song. My work, in this selection and beyond, explores the connections between stories and the place(s) they are born from.

 

I believe that anywhere we go we will find its narratives are a feature of the landscape. The poems included in this selection use song to celebrate family and love, such as “N” or “Houses Made of Pollen”; they are songs of mourning and longing, such as “for John” or “Flight”; they are also protest songs against our treatment of the environment or colonialism’s short-term memory, as in “Spring Thaw” or “Before the Colonel.” Passerine is my small attempt to map the geography of a place through voice and through song.”


Tara Manyfingers, Kainai First Nation

Tara Manyfingers was born in Cardston but grew up in Calgary.

In 2014 she began a post-secondary journey that began in Edmonton's MacEwan University Theater Production program, which allowed her part-time work in concert and opera. From 2016 to 2019 she gained a BFA at the University of Alberta, with a major in print media production.

In 2020 she began the MFA program here at the University of Calgary and her art production ranges from sculpture, beadwork, wardrobe, and regalia construction to print media processes, such as the silkscreen compositions shown here today.

Currently, Tara's work revolves around water and wildlife preservation and advocates for sustainable ecologically balanced practices. She remains a valued employee within the IATSE union in Alberta.

Artist statement

“My name is Tara Manyfingers, born in Cardston and I grew up in Calgary. I am currently a multimedia artist and Masters of Fine Arts student at the University of Calgary. This work was completed in 2018 from a collection of photos. It is summertime and I am perched over my mother’s kitchen sink, ever so slowly sipping my coffee, trying to be very still. It is six o-clock in the morning before anyone in the household has woken up. I am here in the hopes of catching a brief glimpse of magnificence that the hummingbird effortlessly exudes.
 

Silkscreen requires photo negative exposures onto the screen, and CMYK is a division of the color spectrum into cyan, magenta, yellow and black. First I used distortion photoshop techniques to make the hummingbirds all look more painterly. Then, just like the inside of certain color printers, I split the images into four layers each. The first two images, I blocked out the entire skyline, in order to swipe my own color mixed sunset. What you see here is a collection of the most successful prints of this 2018 series.”

Exhibition address & hours


Information:

Entry to the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre is free.

Hours of operation:

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

May 1 - Sept. 30: Monday to Sunday

Oct. 1 - April 30: Wednesday to Sunday

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