Trinity Suite by artist Barry Ace
All of these materials are used in this artwork Trinity Suite by artist Barry Ace. Have a close look. Can you spot all the materials?
Barry Ace, trinity suite, 2011–2015. Mixed media (motion sensor display monitors, fabric, metal, horsehair, extension cords, mirror, plastic, capacitors and resistors), Installed (McLean Centre, 2018): 207 x 95 x 53 cm. Purchase with support of the Max Clarkson Family Foundation and the Dennis Reid Fund, 2018. © Barry Ace. 2018/3586.
In this artwork Barry Ace has reimagined a traditional bandolier bag using unexpected materials. Many Nations across North America made and wore these types of bags. By using computer parts to replicate floral designs from his ancestral home, the M’Chigeeng First Nation located in Odawa Mnis (Manitoulin Island), Ace connects the present-day to the past. Ace also references the tradition of using new materials, like his ancestors’ did when they were introduced to new materials through trade.
For more information check out our Barry Ace Trinity Suite Teacher Resource (PDF) created for grades 7-12.