International Women's Week
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg, 3rd floor.
Films celebrating the artwork of Bev Pike and Erika MacPherson
Gift of Senses (30 min) and Heimþrá (In Thrall to Home) (33 min)
Presented in partnership by the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg.
Join MAWA and the University of Winnipeg community for a screening of two films that celebrate feminist artists in our community and document very different journeys to creation.
Gift of Senses by Jeff McKay, Edgeland Films, 2017
Canadian contemporary artist Bev Pike allows us into her world as she paints magnificent large format paintings, which often take one year to complete. Pike’s detail is astounding and often mimics fabric. The many surprises Pike experiences in the process of creation come from remaining open to her senses. The results provide novel ways for her to explore her own life history.
Bev Pike is a Winnipeg polymath known for large-scale, performative landform paintings. Since graduating from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Pike’s work has exhibited across Canada in solo and group exhibitions. She has received senior arts grants from the Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.
Heimþrá (In Thrall to Home) by Erika MacPherson, 2018
Doubting details of her mother’s deathbed story, a skeptical daughter drags her brother on a genealogical goose chase through the Canadian prairies to the remote Icelandic highland. Erika becomes spellbound by her increasing sense of belonging to an unfolding story, until she discovers a vital piece of its telling is missing: herself.
Erika MacPherson is a Winnipeg based video artist and documentary filmmaker. Her recent projects include this river (http://northernstars.ca/katherena-vermette/), produced by the NFB and co-written/co-directed with Katherena Vermette, which won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Short Documentary in 2017.