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Artist Sonny Assu has intervened on Emily Carr’s classic paintings.
In his latest project entitled We Come to Witness, Assu has taken Carr’s famous landscapes and reclaimed them, in a way. Assu says this is “a way to place an Indigenous voice back onto these colonial landscapes.”
Placed on top of Carr’s paintings are abstract shapes and ovoids, coming together in an almost sci-fi style (a love of Assu’s). While Assu went into this project with a certain view of Carr’s work, he does admit that, through showing his work to others, his assessment of Carr’s work has changed over time.
He adds, “Now that I’ve been able to work on this show and speak to those people who have a different understanding of what her art work was, I think that’s changed my opinion a little bit.”