This January through March we are pleased to present this installation artwork ‘Buffalo Corral’ by Metis artist Heather Shillinglaw. The panorama image of an industrial landscape is created by interconnected doors to form a corral within the gallery, inside this corral the artist has rendered an alternative forest landscape populated by Metis and Cree individuals whom have influenced Heather and her creative process. This complex personal narrative portrayed within the corral is starkly juxtaposed against the polluted environment which surrounds the forest oasis, asking viewers to consider the impact we have on history and on our environment
Buffalo Corral is a panorama made out of doors with 360-degree perspective of landmark our industrial refinery row 1850’s translated in a my own romantic perspective of using beadwork and my research of historical painters that painted the Metis, located in the Museum de Beau Arts, Ontario Gallery of Art and the Chicago Institute. The time period of the Romantic era the artist of the day I studied in galleries Paris, and Germany and also the first Panorama in Austria. The drama in the awe of nature the romantics translated in many mediums I aspire by collaging metis traditions in beadwork based on my own interpretation of beading techniques then I inspired by the historical paintings to modernize the Metis and Cree heroes today Metis community they are poets, painters, politicians and writers, historians, scholars and our youth with my family.