Curated by Heather Anderson
Meryl McMaster is interested in exploring questions of how we construct our sense of self through lineage, history, and culture. Her potent and alluring photographs explore the fluid domain of identity, and the possibilities of examining and re-visioning the self and its representation. This exhibition comprises three bodies of work that collectively trace the evolution of McMaster’s practice. Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, Meryl McMaster transforms her appearance by layering photographic images onto her body or through elaborate costumes and props she creates and inhabits as alter egos. Of Plains Cree and Euro-Canadian heritage, McMaster explores the dimensions of her own sense of identity, and the complex history of the photographic representation of Indigenous peoples.
Produced by Carleton University Art Gallery