May 12 - Oct 22, 2022 Douglas family art centre

Hope and Healing Canada: Tracey-Mae Chambers

Image of a hand wrapped in red yarn.

Tracey-Mae Chambers is an installation artist and member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Her family is from and some still reside in the traditional Métis community in Sault Ste Marie and Penetanguishene, Ontario. Having been adopted and renamed, Tracey-Mae grew up a stranger to her own story. The discovery in her adulthood of her Ojibwe-Métis heritage was a revelation that set her on a path of discovery.

Since 2021, Chambers has been traveling across Canada and the USA creating site specific art installations at residential school historical sites, cultural centres, museums, art galleries, and other public spaces including Tom Thomson Art GalleryParliament Hill and the Archives of Ontario. The installations are created using large pre-made crochet and knit pieces made with red yarn.  At the end of each installation project, the pieces are disassembled and returned to the artist so that she may repurpose them for future venues. These projects entitled #hopeandhealingcanada and #hopeandhealingusa aim to broach the subject of decolonization with viewers.

“Many (but not all) of these public spaces serve to present a colonial viewpoint and primarily speak about the settlers who arrived and lived here but not the Indigenous people that were displaced along the way. The decolonization of such places is a ponderous task and must be shouldered collectively. The discussion of reconciliation and decolonization is hard to start and harder still to maintain. Therefore, I am hoping to use my work to help bridge the gap between settlers and Indigenous, Métis and Inuit people by creating art that is approachable and non-confrontational so we can start. As I am part Métis and European I am conscious of the privilege my ‘whiteness’ affords me and bridging this gap is in fact a form of self education and self healing.” 

– Tracey-Mae Chambers

The Muse is pleased to welcome Tracey-Mae Chambers to Kenora where has created a site-specific installation in the Douglas Family Art Centre.

Did you know?

Eddy Cobiness, Norval Morrisseau, and Carl Ray are three members of the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated, also known as the Indian Group of Seven are from the region of Lake of the Woods.

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