Art Exhibition Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley – Oshkimaadiziig: The New People Closing Sunday, November 10, 2019, 5 pm.
The Art Gallery of Sudbury reminds you that there is only one week left to see exhibition by emerging Anishinaabeg legends painter Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, entitled Oshkimaadiziig: The New People closing Sunday, November 10, 2019.
Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, from the community of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, is a painter and illustrator who has exhibited his work since 2015 across Canada. The artist graduated from the Graphic Design Program at Nova Scotia Community College in Halifax in 2014. He has had several exhibitions in British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia exhibiting his paintings, screen-printed posters and zines. His exhibition history includes exhibitions with Woodland Cultural Centre, Skwachays Gallery and an artist-in-residence with Radstorm in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Joshua has recently completed a Google doodle in celebration of the jingle dress dance which was displayed on Google on June 15 th , 2019.
Oshkimaadiziig: The New People is an exhibition exploring the Anishinaabeg Seven Fires Prophecies. “[The prophecies] speak of the poisoning of the indigenous spirit and our lands, and our resiliency to survive and overcome it. They speak of restoring relations between indigenous settler society. They also educate Anishinaabeg youth on the history of the great Anishinaabeg migration from the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River over to the land surrounding the great lakes,” says Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley.
Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley has interpreted the Anishinaabeg prophecies through eight paintings, with the eighth and final fire represented in the artist’s ninth painting.
“The Anishinaabeg Seven Fires Prophecies are the foundation of our resistance and our resurgence. They have foretold our history from the beginning of time. They are a catalyst for our survival, and incentive for us to continue to emerge and re-create… As an artist, I am determined to restore the culture and identity of our people through stories and art,” Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley writes of the exhibition. “By telling the story of the Seven Fires Prophecies – with the use of my contemporary take on woodland art – I aim to inspire new generations of indigenous youth to turn back to the old ways and relearn the stories and teachings of our people.”
The Art Gallery of Sudbury is also presenting an exhibition of recent paintings by Dennis Geden, also closing on Sunday, November 10, 5pm. Admission is by donation.
The Art Gallery of Sudbury is located at 251 John Street. The Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 5pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. For more information, please visit us online at www.artsudbury.org, or call 705-675-4871.