The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) is proud to present Mary Anne Penashue’s upcoming exhibition entitled My Culture. Mary Ann’s work will be on display in the Fritzi gallery from January 19 to February 27 with a vernissage being held on Tuesday January 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the evening.
Mary Ann was born in Birch Island near Goose Bay, NFLD and raised in a small village called Mud Lake by her grandparents who taught her Innu culture and to work hard for things she believes in.
Working with oils, she chose to paint images of her grandparents; especially their faces because she found it particularly difficult and it pushed her to improve her skills as an artist. She soon found herself painting more elders from her own community and from other Innu communities.
Bringing my First Nations culture to life is a very important aspect in my work. Inspired by the past, I work with black and white photographs as well as my drawings and prints, introducing deep and saturated colour on the canvas. Although the imagery focuses on people involved with traditional work and events, the colours and background imagery are usually not predetermined and develop as the work progresses. Currently, I am also exploring and pushing my skills in the direction of abstract painting.
2012 – Enrolled in the Ottawa School of Art, three year Fine Art Diploma program.