Margaret August: Two Spirit Rising

Doug Jarvis
Margaret August: Two Spirit Rising
Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 12:00 pm to Saturday, December 18, 2021, 5:00 pm

This January, artist Margaret August (Shíshálh Nation) installed a new mural project in the foyer at Open Space.
Two Spirit Rising presents a series of images that includes depictions of Thunderbirds as symbols of strength, power and protection. The project speaks to the two spirited people who are rising in today's world to show their gifts, and to find their gifts.
We are currently in the process of creating an interview video with Margaret to learn more about the project and will post that here on the website when ready.
Margaret’s work is the fourth in the foyer series that welcomes people into the gallery, following previous projects by Toronto-based artist Ness Lee, Victoria-based mural artist Jesse Campbell and conceptual artist Garry Neill Kennedy.
Two Spirit Rising will be viewable in the gallery foyer space from January 13, 2021 - December 18, 2021.
About the artist
Margaret August is a Two-Spirited, Coast Salish artist from Shíshálh Nation. Margaret was born in 1983 in the traditional unceded Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories, now referred to as Victoria B.C. Margaret’s work is inspired by their traditional teachings and encounters with nature. Margaret originally began developing their artistic talents at an early age. They carried on with their visual art practice as they became an adult. Some of their artistic influences include renowned artists such as Susan Point, Mark Preston and Butch Dick.  Margaret has been showing work in group art shows since 2011, by taking the necessary time to grow as an artist while developing their own style, and in their business skills.
In 2019, Margaret started working with further training under the guidance and mentorship of fellow Coast Salish Artist, Dylan Thomas to sharpen their skill set towards advancement in Salish art and design. This has led to creating art in multiple mediums such as serigraph/giclee prints, glass, cedar sandblasted pieces and more. Margaret is committed to their art practice as they believe it is their life’s purpose.
Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. We seek to honour and uphold these ongoing relationships to the land and its stewards as we work on these territories.
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