Sonny Assu - Re-Invaders: Digital Intervention on an Emily Carr Painting (Indian Church, 1929)
Artist Spotlight is a series of contemporary artist spotlights designed for grades 7 to 12. Each artist spotlight provides information about an artwork, the artist’s biography and an activity students can do from home as well as share online.
This work is from a group of prints Assu made called “Interventions on the Imaginary.” In the series, Assu layers West Coast formlines on reproductions of famous Canadian artworks as a way of asserting Indigenous presence. In this work, the floating formlines seem like a futuristic intrusion in an otherwise harmonious space – perhaps resembling an alien invasion or a hovering spacecraft.
Watch artist Sonny Assu, Wanda Nanibush, Associate Curator, Indigenous Art and Audrey Hudson, Associate Curator, Schools & Early Childhood Programs, as they speak about the teacher resource for Sonny Assu's painting, Re-Invaders: Digital Intervention on an Emily Carr Painting.