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Janet Tulloch and Lise Perras :: Threads & Ties / Au fil des siècles with

Updated: Oct 25, 2021

Congratulations to felt :: feutre canada’s Janet Tulloch. Her exhibition Threads & Ties / Au fil des siècles with Lise Perras opens September 11th, 2020 at the Stone School Gallery. The volunteer-run gallery is located in Portage-du-Fort, Québec, at the entrance to Pontiac County, along the Ottawa River. The gallery highlights art by professional artists from Canada and overseas.

The two-person show features the work of friends and colleagues Janet Tulloch and Lise Perras. Lise is an Algonquin Metis, whose work is grounded in her Metis origins. Her art is known for its First Nation and Metis flavour.

The poster is a combination of both artists work. Lise’s piece shows the Indigenous land on the back of Turtle Island, a mythical origin story that has become a worldview held by many Indigenous.

Janet’s  piece “Map of Dreams” is her interpretation of the early days of the fur trade in Eastern Canada when the Ottawa River was the main highway of trade between the Hudson Bay Company and the Algonquin nation.

The exhibition acknowledges the friendship of two artists from different cultural backgrounds who share similar sensibilities toward seen and unseen beings — those who created the ties among us across the centuries.

The main message of this exhibition is that Lise and Janet’s ancestors probably met during the fur trade days on the Kitchissippi (Ottawa) River. Janet says the exhibition also asks viewers think about the idea  that “before Indigenous and non-Indigenous folks can achieve reconciliation in the present, our ancestors need to be healed first. Thus we employ sacred stories and symbols from both groups in our art to assist with this healing.”

For this exhibition, many of Janet’s pieces are either wet or needle felted, though not all. She’s also showing recent work partially wrapped in hemp or waxed linen cord, such as an antique oar wrapped in Hudson Bay colours. Other pieces —coyote and beaver, jingles, and feathers—  are partially wrapped with fur.

This important show reaches across time and continents to recapture voices long-silenced while creating space for those in the present and the yet to be heard.

The vernissage is September 11th, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show runs from September 11th to October 11th @ Stone School Gallery.

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