Deer Lake Art Gallery are honored to Feature Musqueam artist Susan Point
Vue Point is an exhibition that will be held at the Deer Lake Art Gallery featuring the works of Susan Point. Vue Point is hosted and organized by the Burnaby Arts Council. The exhibition will open on Saturday, May 5, 2018 and will run until June 2, 2018.
“Vue-Point is my opportunity to share works at Deer Lake Gallery in a relaxing setting similar to my home studio. These works include a combination of both personal and ancestral influences and materials. Using a diverse range of materials in my artwork makes it more exciting to create new designs because I like to continually experiment.
These two and three dimensional works embody my own unique style; using traditional symbols as representations of my Coast Salish visual language in materials such as carved cedar, painted rawhide, kiln cast and blown glass, water-jet cut aluminum, silkscreen on paper as well as high dynamic range Epson inks.” ~Susan Point
Susan Point is a descendant of the Musqueam people; she is the daughter of Edna Grant and Anthony Point. Point inherited the values of her culture and traditions of her people by her mother Edna– who learned by her mother, Mary Charlie-Grant. Point’s distinct style has stimulated a movement in Coast Salish art. She draws inspiration from the stories of her ancestors and commences the use of non-traditional materials and techniques, therefore inspiring a whole new generation of artists.
Susan Point is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has been presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canada. She has been recognized with: an Inspire Achievement Award, a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, a B.C. Creative Achievement Award, appointed lifetime member to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, was selected to the International Women’s Forum, was listed one of B.C’s 100 most influential women, and was one of Vancouver’s 2012 Remarkable Women. Susan Point has Honorary Doctorates from: the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, University of B.C. and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
While Point’s practice is informed by a profound respect for Coast Salish traditions, she has pushed the boundaries of tradition in her desire to articulate Salish culture in contemporary terms. When she embarked on her career there were few precedents for an Indigenous woman to carve or work with sculpture, as these were activities traditionally done by men.
Please join us at the Deer Lake Gallery for the OPENING Vue Point on Saturday, May 5, 2018 @ 12 pm. Artist in Attendance.
Organized by the Burnaby Arts Council.