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Jane Ash Poitras: New Acquisitions of Contemporary First Nations Art

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