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Willard, Tania
Surrounded/Surrounding (Woodpile Score)
2018

Tanya Willard’s relief print represents the spaces in between a cord of wood and can be read and performed as an event score. As the artist has described, “The idea of the score is physical labour, family, the elements and warmth—quick breaths, condensed cold air punctuated by axe strikes and chainsaws like cracking icicles through the crisp air— ghost notes represent the ‘unknown’ Anishinaabe artist who made the bandolier bag.” The floral design along the top and bottom echoes a pre-1880 beaded bag in the Agnes collection of Indigenous belongings (M71-003). The time signature alludes to the 4 x 8” physical size of one face cord, of which Willard burns five in one winter: “My dad goes out and gets firewood on our land, Indigenous territories in Secwepemculecw.” The print serves as a starting point for conversations on kinship, land and bringing people together.

 
Willard, Tania
Kamloops BC 1977
Surrounded/Surrounding (Woodpile Score)
2018
MDF relief print on paper, 1/2
60.1 x 79.1 cm
Purchase, Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund, 2019
62-019

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