Ruth Cuthand Limited Edition Screenprint: COVID 19
Ruth Cuthand Edition: COVID 19
Surviving… COVID 19
“Surviving is a series of contemporary diseases marked by the discovery of HIV. These new diseases include: H1N1, West Nile, Hanta, H5N1, Hepatitis C and most recently COVID 19. As Indigenous people we are very aware of our health. Substandard housing, lack of clean water and poverty are leading causes of poor health. I was worried that COVID 19 would lead to deaths of Indigenous people. Most reserves shut down roads and quarantined residents, this helped to keep numbers down. The pandemic has been scary and boring at the same time.”
– Ruth Cuthand
Through the tremendous generosity of Ruth Cuthand AKA has produced a limited edition screenprint of one of Cuthand’s COVID 19 beadworks from the series Surviving. Printed by Michael Peterson at Void Gallery, the edition is a seven layer screen print made with archival ink on black cotton rag paper and signed by the artist. All profits generated from the print will then be donated to Prairie Harm Reduction to help support the operations of Saskatchewan’s First Safe Consumption Site. Prints are available for purchase here.
Additionally, each print purchased prior to December 1st will be entered into a draw to receive a $250 gift certificate to Art Placement’s framing shop. Use the gift certificate to get your newly purchased print custom framed! Made possible through Art Placement’s generous support of AKA and Prairie Harm Reduction. *Must be in SK for draw eligibility*
Ruth Cuthand is a Canadian mixed media artist of Plains Cree and Scottish ancestry whose practice includes painting, drawing, photography and beadwork. Born in 1954 in Saskatchewan, she grew up in Alberta, where as a child she met artist Gerald Tailfeathers, who inspired her to become an artist herself. Through her anti-aesthetic stance, her work challenges mainstream perspectives of colonialism and the relationships between settlers and Indigenous people in a practice marked by a delicate balance of political invective and humour. Ruth is widely considered an influential feminist artist of the Canadian prairies and is lauded for her unflinching interpretation of racism and colonialism.
Ruth’s work is featured in many collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. In 2020, she was a recipient of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. In 2013, she was recognized with a Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award. Ruth lives and works in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Prairie Harm Reduction works to improve the quality of life for all members of our community through gold standards in harm reduction; emphasizing local action with national impact. PHR Serves those at-risk and affected by HIV and Hepatitis C by reducing discrimination and deaths, removing barriers, pursuing innovation and demonstrating evidence-based outcomes. Prairie Harm Reduction operates Saskatchewan’s First Safe Consumption Site. This service prevents overdoses and other adverse medical effects associated with using drugs by having people use drugs under the observation of a Primary Care Paramedic.
Void Gallery is a non-profit screen print studio and artist-run centre. We support local artists and the local arts community through training, provision of space and equipment, and community-outreach programming. Since opening in 2012, we have worked to create a market for local art that hasn’t found a home in Saskatoon’s gallery system. We focus on art that is accessible to the general public, including t-shirts and posters. Relationships are at the centre of what we do. In particular, we work with members of underserved communities – including Indigenous peoples, newcomers, and youth – to learn from them and improve our operations and programming in response.
AKA is an artist-run centre operating on Treaty Six Land that encompasses the traditional homeland of numerous First Nations, including Cree, Dene, Plains Cree, Nakota, Saulteaux, and Ojibwe, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
AKA’s gallery is currently operating as artist’s studios.
Office hours by appointment Thursday and Friday 10am to 2pm.
Projects and events are free and open to the public