New Acquisitions

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New Research

Naming Nuu-chah-nulth and Coast Salish Artists

Our recent exhibition We Carry Our Ancestors: Cedar, Baskets and Our Relationships with the Land curated by BC Arts Council Intern Lorilee Wastasecoot featured contemporary and historic baskets by Coast Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth weavers. Most of the historic baskets in the exhibition were from the UVic collection, many of which had no artist’s names attached to them either because they were not recorded at the time of sale or when they were gifted to the university. Using Indigenous community-based research, Wastasecoot worked to find the basket makers’ names using other museum basketry databases and networks, social media groups, photo archives and by inviting Indigenous community members from basket weaving communities into the gallery to spend time with the baskets.

Wastasecoot’s research identified and attributed the names of basket weavers like Rose Mitchell, Jeannie Pielle Dominick, Beatrice Black, Mary Moses, Nellie Jacobson, Katherine Dominick, and Lena Jumbo to their baskets in the UVic collection that was previously absent from the collection’s records. The (re)matriation of UVic’s baskets was a way for Wastasecoot to care for the baskets and their makers, and to breathe new life into the collection using Indigenous knowledge and research.

Image: Lena Jumbo, by Ulli Steltzer, 1975.

New Aquisitions

Eric Metcalfe Recent Works

Eric Metcalfe (UVic BA 1972) is a celebrated Canadian artist, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Visual Arts and a co-founder of the Western Front artist-run centre, one of the longest running in Canada. He was a pioneer in performance art and is associated with the Fluxus movement of the 1970s and 80s which includes artists like Yoko Ono and Joseph Beuys. Not many people know that Metcalfe’s famed alter-ego persona of Dr. Brute and the Leopard Spot Reality came out of his time as a Visual Arts student at UVic in the late 60s with the encouragement of professors Dana Atchley and Pat Martin Bates. Metcalfe recently gifted 9 paintings and 7 ceramic works that complete a strong overview of his artistic career in painting, drawing, ceramics and performance art.

Find out more about his fascinating oeuvre at the Legacy Maltwood Gallery Fall 2020 with an exhibition guest curated by Dr. D.J. Fraser.

Image: Round Lights, gouache on paper, 2011. Gift of the artist.

Robert Youds / Marika Echachis Swan / Roy Henry Vickers

We are ever-mindful of the potent creativity of artists whose works we steward and celebrate at the Legacy, and the generosity of donors who contribute to our collection. This gratitude was overwhelming when the artist George Littlechild recently visited the gallery with his bold pastel piece, Idle No More, and offered it to the collection in recognition of the Indigenous art and politically relevant discussions that have been highlighted here.

Another recent visitor, nationally-acclaimed artist Robert Youds, gifted three of his renowned light-based works: friendlyburn, and Advertisement for Absorption – Green and Blue. These pieces help the Legacy to represent accomplished local artists and UVic faculty, from which Youds is preparing to retire after a long, distinguished career.

Occasionally the Legacy can raise funds to purchase important pieces that round out our collection. This year we were excited to select I am Creation, a vibrant reduction print by Marika Echachis Swan that was featured in The Time of Things exhibit, guest-curated by France Trepanier at our downtown location.

Five Roy Henry Vickers prints – Coming Home, Fisherman’s Wharf, Trial Island, Inner Harbour and Where is Kitkatla? – were given from the collection of Roman and Joy Marchina. They elegantly depict life and environments around Victoria, forwarding our collection’s aims by connecting through diverse practices and perspectives to the many people, places and experiences that we are related to on Lekwungen territories. The Legacy thanks these and many other artists and donors who have helped us foster connections and conversations around issues that matter.

- January 2019, Bradley Clements, Young Canada Works Intern.


Images top-bottom:

George Littlechild, Idle No More, 2012, gift of the artist.

Marika Echachis Swan, I am Creation, 2018, University of Victoria Acquisition Fund.

Roy Henry Vickers, Coming Home, 1988, Gift from the collection of Roman and Joy Marchina.

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