Visiting Artist Talk: Erica Walker

Visiting Artist Talk: Erica Walker

Visual Arts Course Union (VACU) in online
Mar 25, 2021 - 3:00pm to Mar 25, 2021 - 4:30pm in PDT

Ericka Walker’s print works and site-specific
murals subvert the propagandistic function of nostalgia in contemporary
culture, disputing the civilizing influence and assumed moral authority of
nation building in North America. In a decaying fort and a lack of guidance,
Walker turns her attention particularly to the language of public monuments
from her home province of Nova Scotia. A series of embossed graphite rubbings
taken directly from the over 300 plaques found at historical sites across the
province, and combined with translucent screen-printed image underlays on
delicate handmade papers, the series’ selective phraseology rewrites
history in significantly uncertain terms. In opposition to the fixed
memorials from which they are taken, defining moments of European colonial
activity and Canadian sovereignty are split and rearranged like a set of
magnetic refrigerator poetry, highlighting the continuity of heritage as a
living, breathing responsibility to be reevaluated and tinkered with.

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