Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
A Walk in the Wild
October 8, 2020 - May 30, 2021
Kaka Ashoona, Owl, date unknown, stone, 45.6 cm x 42.5 cm, Gift of the Director's Fund, 1974
List of artists:
Gisele Amantea, Kenojuak Ashevak, Kaka Ashoona, Zadok Ben-David, Tom Benner, Grace Coombs, Charles Comfort, Ken Danby, Eegyvudluk, Abraham Etungat, Frances Marie Gage, Eldon Garnet, A.W. Holdstock, Dorothy Knowles, Elaine Ling, James E. H. MacDonald, Manly MacDonald, Kananginak Pootoogook, Pudlo Pudlat, Mary Hiester Reid, Catherine Reynolds, Arthur Shilling, Homer Watson, and Mary Wrinch
American author Henry David Thoreau noted that when we walk, we prefer the fields and woods (over cities and gardens) as a way to return to our senses. “What business have I in the woods,” he said during an 1851 lecture, “if I am thinking of something out of the woods?” Many Indigenous worldviews recognize the sacred web of relationships that exist between all living things, with nature at the heart of stories about the interconnectedness of community and the land. Nature is held as sacred in nearly every faith. Most governments have laws to protect the wilderness of their nations, recognizing the importance of preserving the natural world as a space for solitude and reflection.
After months of staying inside our homes to fight the spread of COVID-19, it was sweet relief when medical officials deemed it was safe for us to go outside. ‘A Walk in the Wild’ is a group exhibition featuring works from the Art Gallery of Windsor’s permanent collection – paintings, photographs, prints and mixed media pieces – by Canadian and Indigenous artists that depict nature in all its seasons.