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Michèle Karch-Ackerman / Foundling

Michèle Karch-Ackerman tells the story, stitch by stitch, of her family history. In 1929, at seventeen years of age, her grandmother became pregnant and was sent to an institution in Montreal called Misericordia – a home for unwed mothers run by an order of Catholic nuns. There are few details. She was given a new name. She wore a black veil over her face. She had to look down when walking in the halls. Her initials were cut out of her handkerchiefs. This exhibition honours the secret lives of unwed mothers who fled to institutions like Misericordia across Canada from the 1920s to the 1960s. One hundred sleepers from a vintage 1950s pattern from the curtains that hung in the living rooms of these girl’s homes will be the central work the installation.

Meet the Artist: Michèle Karch-Ackerman - Part I
Meet the Artist: Michèle Karch-Ackerman - Part II

Michele Karch-Ackerman has built an art practice around acts of caring:  using art to soothe the physical and psychological suffering of others, suffering that often occurred many years before she was born.  Through her artwork she has honoured the often brief life of pioneer babies (Sweet Breath of Trees), offered comfort to the young men who met violent ends in WW1 (The Lost Boys which toured to the Yukon Arts Centre), asked forgiveness of the Dionne Quints for their stolen childhoods (Springtime Story of a Little Flower School for Girl Saints) and provided 'Travel Kits for Lost Souls' for young children lost at sea (Lost Margaret).  In Foundling Karch-Ackerman continues working to make the world a more understanding and sympathetic place.  We have welcomed the opportunity to once again bring her work to the Yukon Arts Centre and to give our visitors the chance to experience the strength of her care.

Helen O’Connor / Salutation

Yukon visual artist, Helen O'Connor, makes handmade paper to create sculptural works of art, assemblages and installations. Making paper by hand for Helen is a physical connection to the past and to the earth. She uses paper sculpturally to create beautiful organic assemblages and provocative installation work. O'Connor's art is processed informed and influenced by her Canadian-Irish heritage, relationships and the wilderness surrounding her home. O'Connor studied visual art at the University of Western Ontario and the Ontario College of Art. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, U.S.A., Australia and U.K.

Meet the Artist: Helen O'Connor - Part I
Meet the Artist: Helen O'Connor - Part II

Rosemary Scanlon / The Rose Parade

Whitehorse-based Rosemary Scanlon is known primarily for her whimsical yet dark northern watercolours, but also creates installations and photographic works. The Rose Parade will introduce some of her lesser-known practices into the exhibition such as large scale wallpaper, along with her distinctive paintings. Her work, which the artist describes as “humorous and mildly unnerving” have evolved from influences as diverse as medieval tapestry, religious icon paintings, the folk-artist Henry Darger, and vernacular photography. Historical notions of craft, myths of northern / frontier life, narrative, and composition are reconsidered within the ever-expanding framework of pop culture and the Internet.

Outsider Influence Inside "The Rose Parade"