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“HELD – Colour Stories from the land” Curatorial Statement by Sage Wosminity

HELD – Colour stories from the land
Melanie Monique Rose
curated by Sage Wosminity
July 30 – September 18, 2022

The following curatorial statement was written by Sage Wosminity in response to her and Melanie Monique Rose’s exhibition: HELD – Colour stories from the land at Neutral Ground from July 30 – September 18, 2022.

Melanie Monique Rose is a visual artist from Regina, Saskatchewan Treaty 4 Territory, and a long-time contributing member of Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective Inc. She attended Kootenay School of the Arts with a major in the Fibre Arts in Nelson, B.C. Melanie has exhibited her artwork in both group and solo exhibitions. One of her greatest honors was to receive the distinction of Excellence in Textiles in the Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Dimension’s 2013 touring show. In 2020, CBC celebrated Melanie as a Future 40 for her work in arts and culture. Most recently she was a recipient of the Saskatchewan Foundation of the Arts Endowment Award. In addition to showing her work, Melanie has worked in the province as gallery facilitator, story-keeper, and art instructor for the Mackenzie Art Gallery and teaches various workshops at both public and private institutions. In 2018 her daughter Meadow Rose was born. Melanie is currently a full-time mom, caregiver, and artist. Becoming a mother has increased her desire to share the stories of her culture and family and has challenged the way she creates independently and as a shared experience with her daughter.

Sage Wosminity is an emerging curator from Regina, Saskatchewan located on Treaty 4 Territory. Sage has a history in fashion design exhibiting numerous collections in both Saskatchewan and Alberta. Sage is currently pursuing an honors degree in Art History and is an avid supporter of the arts in Regina.

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