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Ripples of Loss: Terry McCue at AGSA Nov 2 to Dec 2, St. Albert

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Ripples of Loss | Terry McCue

November 2 – December 2, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday November 4, 2:30 – 5pm
Walkthrough tour: Thursday November 16, 12:05 – 12:45pm

Terry McCue, Untitled, oil on canvas. 20×24″, 2016

Terry McCue, Untitled, oil on canvas. 20×24″, 2016

Terry McCue is a self-taught Ojibwa painter inspired by an array of influences. McCue was born on Curve Lake Reserve, Ontario, and has spent much his life working and living in First Nations communities, and his connection to them is clear in his work. Having enjoyed great success as a painter over the last 20 plus years, he is known for large, distinctive, bold works that represent the interconnectedness of all living creatures.

The Ripples of Loss works are a vivid visual departure from McCue’s previous practice. After an exchange with an artist friend, McCue became compelled to paint these intense, brilliantly coloured images to raise awareness about the missing and murdered Aboriginal Women of Canada.

The resulting sombre and striking works emit the ghostly forms of the women dressed in red in an ever-changing landscape. McCue reveals the women in traditional aboriginal ceremonial attire: Ojibwa Jingle Dance dresses, Plains Cree tunics and cloaks. The skeletons of their spirit animals accompany them—sometimes leading the way, facing the incoming storm.

McCue considers this new project his most vital artistic endeavour, paying homage and reverence to the women and girls vanished to violence. He now works fervently to capture the many images fluctuating in his mind’s eye and commit them to canvas. For McCue this project further explores his spiritual calling to express the sacredness of all life.

View a brief, thought-provoking interview with Terry McCue by Alberta PrimeTime about his works featured in this exhibition.

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