Marianne Nicolson: The Return of Abundance is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Canada Council for the Arts. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is grateful for their support over these very important years.
The Return of Abundance ? Kwakwaka?wakw artist Marianne Nicolson?s first solo exhibition at the Gallery ? includes major painting works and sculptural installations that reveal current cultural narratives and economies while incorporating traditional and contemporary formats, Nicolson comments, ?Each of the works in this exhibition considers the temporal relationship of contemporary Kwakwaka'wakw experience to our historical experience. The Kwakwaka'wakw traditionally occupied a landscape that provided abundant resources enabling a sophisticated cultural practice to flourish? My works in this exhibit examine the complexities of cultural change and adaptation on both the personal and communal level. Pervasive within each work is the idea that all works conceptually cycle back to their point of origin, thus maintaining tradition rather than breaking with it.?