A solo exhibition of work by Robyn Adam. Please join us for the opening reception of «Decolonist» August 11 from 7-10 pm.
I make sculpture as a means of locating my identity within the Indigenous community. I am interested in animal remains and land as material, searching for the materials of my ancestors and exploring hybridization by trading, hunting and gathering for locally sourced fur, leather, antlers and wild plants on Treaty One Territory. Referencing Canada’s rich history my work becomes a hybrid with animal, soil and concrete, commenting on colonization and allowing a space to consider the de-colonist perspective.
In my series, I pair concrete sculptures, and their references to weight, construction, burial and monument with raw animal hide, antlers, sage and soil. This contrasts two cultures and their unification into a hybrid. Land and soil become material as well, as I reference controlled land access and ownership. As a Métis person, I am affected by cultural suppression and my work is to create an environment where conversation for the third space can arise, not only to acknowledge this but also to move forward. The third space is where values and tradition of two cultures can come together to form a hybrid.
I acknowledge that I am living on treaty one territory.