Paper, Clay, and Canvas: Cathryn Miller, Martin Tagseth, Puck Janes, and Gale Hagblom Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, June 2017
When I thought about what text to impress into a commemorative plate for Canada’s 150th year of confederation this quote came to mind. It rings true to me. Indigenous communities in Canada have a long list of legitimate grievances and many in Quebec are content to mark their own 375 year history hence the white crackled surface over a gritty foundation. Regardless of how humble we consider ourselves to be I have used the loudness of CAPITAL LETTERS because I think we also believe Canada to be a great country.
When I was a child my mother used to listen to the CBC exclusively. Peter Gzowski used to host the morning show and he put out a call to Canadians, “If the USA has, As American as Apple Pie, what do we have?” The contest winner was As Canadian as possible under the circumstances.