Richmond Art Gallery is pleased to present Confluence, a touring exhibition produced by Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa and curated by Heather Anderson. Meryl McMaster’s potent, alluring photographs explore the fluid domain of identity, and the possibilities of examining and revisioning the self and its representation. Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, she transforms her appearance, whether by layering photographic images onto her body or through elaborate costumes and props she creates and inhabits as alter egos. An artist 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. The three bodies of work in Confluence collectively trace the evolution of McMaster’s practice, with its recurrent thematic threads. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 14, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Artist Talk at 2:00pm.

    Image: Meryl McMaster, Dream Catcher (2015), Ink jet print, edition 2 of 2 AP, Courtesy of the artist and Katzman Contemporary