Jane Ash Poitras: New Acquisitions of Contemporary First Nations Art | Level 1

Four paintings explore colonialism and traditional knowledge of the therapeutic properties and spiritual significance of plants.

Ongoing
Daphne Cockwell Gallery of Canada: First Peoples, Level 1

Contemporary expressions exhibition space

Four paintings recently acquired by the ROM explore colonialism and traditional knowledge of the therapeutic properties and spiritual significance of plants, wisdom now lost but which we hope to reclaim. These works incorporate knowledge that is taught and knowledge that is revealed, in combination with a powerful artistic vision.

“I think that the role of an artist today is to become free, to transcend. Then they can transform, enlighten, and become empowered.”
- Jane Ash Poitras, 1997, Hart House, Toronto

Comments

Comment by Nancy Luft

I really enjoyed seeing this artist.. As someone who is very interested in Ethno Botany and studying native spirually and culture as well as collage it was a delight to stumble upon her work. Her work met so many of my interests and passions.

Comment by Nancy Luft

As a naturalist and someone who is interested in Ethno Botany as well as Native Spiritualism this collage is a wonderful expression of that by the Artist. I liked that this modern art was added to the permanent collection because they show First Nations people in a living culture and not just as a collection of ancient artifacts.