Summer 2021 Exhibitions at the Orillia Museum of Art & History

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Jill Price – Unfurled: Unsettling the Archive from a More-Than-Human Perspective

Now Until October 30, 2021
Virtual Opening Artist Talk
Let the Fur Fly – Where Art Meets History Talk

An extension of earlier research into the shadows of today’s global textile industry, Unfurled is an exhibition by Jill Price that playfully attempts to unmake an anthropocenic lens so as to imagine how animals might view items held within museums. Marking the artist’s first solo exhibition in Orillia, Price combines her experience as a researcher, curator, and educator with dark humour to draw out narratives based on the lives of animals hunted, trapped, and exchanged as part of the North American fur trade.

Speculating on how furry four-legged creatures might choose to engage with, frame, label and question the colonial histories embedded in today’s collections, Price animates the Orillia Museum of Art & History’s (OMAH) Franklin Carmichael Gallery as a space reminiscent of a late 19th century parlour, being haunted or reinhabited by animals who once occupied the land beneath.

This exhibition consists of reclaimed Victorian figurines, fur, household objects, photographs, animation, video, a gifted Hudson’s Bay jacket and items held in OMAH’s permanent collection. Price’s use of reclaimed furs, mink stoles, beaver hats, bones, skulls in conjunction with sounds of animals scurrying, scratching, howling, and chewing reminds the viewer of how objects, constituted from living beings, are still very much charged with haunting energies and stories of their own.

Also, as an extension of Price’s research into unmaking as a creative act, the artist uses different methods of unmaking to redress Eurocentric tellings of these histories, with small dioramas depicting animals confronting their wearers, and larger installations pointing to that which animals and humans share: geography, migration, families, loss, eating, starvation, thinking and suffering. Price’s integration of fur wrapped tables, plate ware, wallpaper and footed stools also allude to how the loss of more-than-human lives and habitats led and continues to lead to the material comfort and wealth of their prime predators; the world’s one-percent. Such assemblages entitled FURniture (Four Legged & Nesting), FURnishings, FURther Reading, and ReFURbished cleverly visualize how interior and exterior environments are materially and psychically linked.

Read the curatorial essay by OMAH’s Arts Programming Coordinator, Tanya Cunnington.

Note: No animals were injured or killed during the making of this exhibition.

This exhibition is generously sponsored in part by the Paul Quarrington Legacy Fund.

Jill Price would also like to acknowledge the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for the support of her PhD research.

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About the Artist

Jill Price is an interdisciplinary artist who examines new materialism through drawing, textiles, installation, and performance. Instructing within the Fine Arts Department at Queen’s University as a teaching fellow, Price has previously taught Professional Practice, Ideation and Colour Theory at Georgian College.

A settler of German, Welsh, and Scottish descent grateful to be living on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples in Barrie, Ontario, Price’s research-based practice works at the intersections of art, ecology, ethics and decolonial theory to disrupt settler logics and deconstruct colonial, capitalist perspectives and aesthetics that proliferate environmental harm.

An award-winning scholar, Price holds a BFA and B.Ed. from Western University and was awarded a 2016 SSHRC, 2017 Michael Smith Foreign Study Bursary and the 2017 Research & Writing Award for her OCADU IAMD MFA thesis Land as Archive. The recipient of a 2018-2019 Alfred Bader Graduate Fellowship and the Faculty of Arts and Science Dean’s Award for Environmental Justice upon her entrance to a PhD in Cultural Studies, Price is currently a PhD SSHRC research fellow at Queen’s University for her research From Unsettling to Unmaking: One Settler’s Critical Methodology to help Unmake Anthropocenic Perspectives and Practices Towards Land.

Programs:

Becoming Animal
September 18 & 25, 10 am- 12 pm
Members $25, Non-members $30
Join artist / educator Jill Price for two fun mornings of activities discussing the world of animals right outside your door. Young artists will use their senses and imagination to view the world through the eyes of critters and then create handmade zines that tell their stories.

Unmake the Unwearable
September 18 & 25, 1– 4 p.m.
Members: $80, Non-members $90
Join artist / educator Jill Price for a two-session workshop in which participants will explore methods of unmaking and reimagining to help revive materials and honour the animals and the humans to which fur items once belonged. Participants will create a wearable fur brooch and be shown some tricks on how to measure, cut and sew reclaimed fur.

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Also at OMAH this Summer:

Call for Submissions – Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed.
Submission Deadline: September 7, 2021.

Will McGarvey – Sticks and Stones, an exhibition of paintings.

Harry Hall – Views from a Canoe, photography.


For information/Media Contact: Tanya Cunnington, Arts Programming Coordinator
705 326–2159 x109 | EMAIL

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The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) is a hub of culture and heritage located in the heart of Orillia’s Arts District. From scientific specimens and photographs, to archives and oral histories, OMAH offers a wide range of research possibilities and interpretive programs complemented by a body of rich and engaging exhibitions. The historical clock tower of the Sir Samuel Steele Memorial Building is a beacon for our location.

The Orillia Museum of Art & History respectfully acknowledges our presence on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg. The Anishinaabeg include the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy.

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Images:
1) Jill Price: Unfurled: Unsettling the Archive from a More-Than-Human Perspective, 2021, (Installation Shot)
2) Jill Price, Left: Tail’ored (WTF), Centre Top: Unleashed, Centre Bottom: Grand Mere: Unsettling Legacy
3) Jill Price, Left: Face Setting, Centre: Homecoming, Right: Family Tree (Installation Shot)