Kate Davis - Ann Harbuz and Folk Art

Folk art is very important to understanding the art history of Saskatchewan and so we have a special commitment to folk art in the development of our collection.  And I think partly that has to do with the fact that Saskatchewan is a place where people came from away, and so when eastern Europeans came to settle they came with not very much household goods, not very much memories in physical material culture, it was all up here. They built sod huts etc, and we are talking about a ways back, but I think it has something to do with the spirit of art in Saskatchewan. So they wanted to make their home look nice and they also wanted to create some ways of having memories of where they came from.  So even though they were untrained they would put this into effect by doing paintings or carvings.  Ann Harbuz is a perfect example of this because she wanted to document ways of remembering her homeland, remembering stories, remembering the way women dressed, remembering what the domestic situation is, what does grandma do in the kitchen etcetera. So it is a very important way of understanding the art history of Saskatchewan.  But I think folk art is also very important because it has influenced some of our important contemporary artists.  So David Thauberger, Victor Cicansky, Joe Fafard, all of them had roots in ethnic families, families that came from other ethnic places and settled.  And they all had a commitment to going throughout Saskatchewan and looking at what artists were doing and they really loved some of the folk art that was happening.  And so they started to incorporate some of that spirit some of that character into their own work.  So I think folk art is really a way of understanding the art history of Saskatchewan.

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