GAAAAAAHHHHH, WE HERE YA’LL!
I can’t even describe how honoured and EXCITED I am to have been a part of this project! I mean one, just to have been able to work with the legendary Gordon Shadrach was a blessing in itself. But to have this painting hoisted up in all its glory, showcased in the Royal Ontario Museum?! Like wow. I really have no words…
This painting was a part of a larger exhibit showcased at the ROM titled Here We are Here, kicking off Black History Month. Gordon’s work, alongside nine other Canadian artists were featured at the ROM as part of a larger conversation about the presence of Black Canadians, (or more specifically lack thereof) in Canadian History. This work is so much more than a portrait, so much more than a stunning display of talent. It honours the history of my family’s presence on this land and the longevity of our presence, often overlooked in Canadian history. I couldn’t be more proud, more elated that this discussion is being had. Let alone to be a partisipant in the conversation. This painting represents all the Black, Scotian and women of Indigenous decent that have been excluded from this conversation for centuries. Through Gordon’s work, a whole new dialog can finally be had, and I don’t think Black History month will ever be the same. He’s cracked open a tightly sealed door, one that’s been locked up since, well, the beginning. The kind of door, once opened, can never be sealed again.
I CANNOT wait to see this painting in person, in all its five -feet-eight- inches of glory. ✨
The exhibit runs until April 22nd at the ROM, so if you’re in the city, please check it out and support these uber talented artists. Click here for more details, and here to access Gordon Shadrach’s website. You won’t be disappointed.
Before I go, here are some test shots taken last Summer ✨
(I will most definitely have some updated images to share when I’m back in the city! Can’t wait to see this up close and personal!)