Aphoristic Currents

Meryl McMaster

BIRTH PLACE Ottawa, Ontario

How do written texts influence our identity? In Meryl McMaster’s photograph Aphoristic Currents, wave-like ripples of twisted newspapers swirl around the artist’s head. Reminiscent of an Elizabethan ruff collar, the swirling shapes almost engulf McMaster, a commentary on the capacity of language and print media to influence our perception of identity and culture. Based in Ottawa, McMaster primarily uses photography as a method of storytelling, and in this case, personal transformation. This work is from her series “In-Between Worlds,” which explores the connections between her Plains Cree and European ancestry.

MEDIUM Digital chromogenic print on paper
DATE 2013
DIMENSIONS 127cm x 91cm
CREDIT LINE Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: purchased in part through the support of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, a program of the Walter Duncan Gordon Foundation and administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation and purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program, 2014
A photograph documentation of a performance piece. The image is of a person's head, with a white painted face and black dots. She is positioned in the upper right quadrant of the image with rolled newspapers folded in a circular pattern around her that fill the frame of the image. A portion of grey/blue sky is seen in the background of the upper left corner.

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