Rob Friday: Food and Medicine


First Nations artist, Rob Friday presents “Food and Medicine”, August 4th to 7th. While primarily a painter, in this exhibition Friday explores the intricacy of paper ‘quilling’ to re-imagine the Sacred Plants of his ancestors.

Friday will depict plants (cedar, sage, tobacco and sweetgrass) and crops (corn, beans and squash) integral to the traditions and beliefs of the Ojibway people. This mixed media show will inform viewers of the many uses of these plants in traditional ceremonies and community gatherings. A refreshing drink of traditional cedar (iced) tea will be served.

Rob Friday is a self-taught multi-disciplinary First Nations artist. Raised in Temagami, educated in Toronto and now residing in Ottawa, his artwork melds the delicate forms of nature with the austere shapes and patterns of urban life. Details of plants, animals and other nature forms make up his conceptual images that blend the elements of 60’s psychodelia and folk art. His works are simplistic interpretations of the unity between humankind and nature, urban and rural life. Rob is also the 2008 recipient of the John Newlove Award for poetry for his poem ‘Manatee.’

Reception: Thursday, August 4th, 7:30 to 10;00 pm. Refreshments will be served.
See you then.

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