rebecca belmore

This is “trace” {2014}, a breathtaking a community project by Toronto based artist Rebecca Belmore. This cascading blanket of beads has a permanent home at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. Rebecca is a member of the Lac Seul First Nation (Anishinaabe) whose artwork is “rooted in the political and social realities of Indigenous communities, [and] makes evocative connections between bodies, land and language.”  Yes, yes it does! Here is the description – that was written before the project began – of this very important project:

“With the creation of the large ceramic blanket, ‘trace’, Belmore honours the original inhabitants of the land upon which the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is built. This land bears evidence of over 6,000 years of Indigenous presence where 500,000 artifacts were excavated from the ground beneath the museum, including thousands of ceramic shards. Using clay from beneath the city of Winnipeg, thousands of small “shards” will be formed by hand. The action of squeezing a small lump of clay in one hand will produce an organic shape that will be pierced through the centre to become a “bead”. These shapes, although unique, will identify as being similar due to the hand-made process and because of their vast number. The beads will then be fired and woven together to produce the large-scale blanket-like form. The use of clay, the earth itself, imbues the artwork with a sense of timelessness. The modest gesture of forming these beads is a reminder of how precious and universal the bond is between humans and the earth.” ~ written by Lee-Ann Martin

Amazing. Rebecca, and fellow sculptor Osvaldo Yero, worked with the people of Winnipeg to create these hand-squeezed beads, and the result is absolutely stunning.

*Installation photos by Lindsay Reid via Wolfrom Engineering

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  1. Carolyn McCarthy /// 06.04.2020 /// 9:30am

    Thank you for your posts this week. Important, inspiring, healing. Wishing you well.

  2. the jealous curator /// 06.04.2020 /// 6:37pm

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  3. Monica Wyatt /// 06.06.2020 /// 8:12am

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  4. Michelle Gallagher /// 06.06.2020 /// 10:39am

    What an amazing, wonderful, beautiful, collection this week.