Indigenous Art 2021 Artist, Ann Viggers
Welcome to Woodland Cultural Centre’s Indigenous Art 2021 Exhibition.
Established in 1975, this is one of the longest running multi-media exhibitions that provide artists an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a fine art gallery setting. WCC is pleased to announce the return of this annual Juried Exhibition and we can’t wait to share the selected works with the public. Indigenous Art 2021 will be running September 11 – November 20, 2021.
Meet Artist, Ann Viggers
Ann Viggers is a young artist currently studying Visual and Creative Arts at Sheridan College. She grew up in the small town of Mount Albert and developed an interest in art at a young age. Ann continued to pursue art in high school through the Arts Huron program at Huron Heights Secondary school. There she found a love for painting with acrylics, and it quickly became one of her favourite mediums to work with. Through her paintings Ann tries to connect with her Indigenous heritage. Now Ann has her sights set on a career in prop and set design for theatre and film.
For the painting “Resilience” I was inspired by the fact that Canada’s entire Indigenous population is descended from surviving five percent of the original Indigenous population before colonization. I painted 5 percent of the canvas with bright oranges to represent the survivors but used muted blues to show the devastation of how many people were wiped out. As for the subject matter I chose a bear because it’s the clan my family belongs to. The bear also represents the continuing fight for reconciliation.
In my “Still Life” painting I chose objects that help me feel a connection to my Indigenous heritage and represent the theme of healing. The painting shows some of the sacred medicines used to make medicine bags. To further the theme of healing I used mostly natural colours like green.
The “Flower Garden” depicts a garden I pass by everyday when walking my dog. During these walks I like to take in my surroundings and develop a deep appreciation for nature. By painting a close-up on these flowers, I got to further appreciate their forms and colours that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Ann’s Featured Artwork
20″ x 16″ x 1″ / 50.8cm x 40.6m x 2.5cm
Still Life, 2021
18″ x 24″ x 1″ / 45.7cm x 60.9cm x 2.5cm
Flower Garden, 2021
12″ x 9″ x 1″ / 30.5cm x 22.9cm x 2.5cm
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