Laura M. Hosaluk

Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, CA

Maker & Mover

Earth Art

Painting the Prairie, Acrylic on Found Object, Hi Way 14, Kindersley, SK, CA, 2017

My creations open up spaces of wonder to contemplate the world around us, using art as a means to celebrate the human condition. I am curious about the power of installation art and how it connects to people. I draw upon my family history as content to tell stories. The experience of having a settler upbringing with no ethnic culture intact, apart from eating the food and sharing trauma, connects me to a personal and collective history of growing up on the prairies. These origins travel back in four geographies: Poland, Ukraine, Scotland, and England. I arrive in one unifying position – in Saskatchewan.

The Skeklers, Dance Investigations with  KSAMB Dance, The Gallery, 2022.


‘The Circle and the Dot‘ is a mixed-media Installation inspired by Scottish Folklore and Saskatchewan architecture relating to my Ukrainian ancestry. It merges ceramic techniques and material connections used by my ancestors into contemporary forms that consider my history in Saskatchewan. Being a third-generation Canadian is complex, and in asking where I come from, I’m faced with my Settler relations

 My material connections from my process carried over to transfer ideas into contemporary forms inspired by a Scottish Folklore ritual of Skekling. Skeklers dressed in enigmatic straw costumes to embody supernatural beings while concealing their true identities. This concept of concealment deeply resonates with me as I reflect upon my family’s assimilation into Canadian culture and uncover suppressed and forgotten aspects of my cultural identity.

By combining dance with my immersive installation, I invite viewers to explore the realm where the corporeal and the ethereal converge, where human and inanimate forms meet.

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Natural materials combined with the re-creations made from found objects offer new-found journeys into the past and future. Their arrangements allow us to reconsider our relationship with the earth as human beings. I combine the refined and fragile medium of porcelain and the density and resilience of bronze against the precariousness and unique histories of found objects to express ideas in a way no other materials can.

XY Chromosome, Porcelain, Wood, Acrylic 26x16x16 cm, 2013, SK Arts Permanent Collection

My connections to the materials I choose invite the intuitive response directing me in my work. These materials hold the entire mystery of our planet: refined, recycled, worn down over millions of years only to be discovered yet again and take on new forms. I must trust these glimpses given to me and respond intuitively through my work.

The Wait, Porcelain, Wood, Found Object, 15x9x12 cm, 2012

Rise Up, Bronze, 55x4x3 cm, 2011

These things build up, Porcelain, Wood, Hair, 12x10x17 cm, 2012

Rattle Me, Porcelain, Wood, Acrylic, Found Object,  17x12x12 cm, 2013, Joe Fafard Private Collection

Mr.Fix It,  Found Object, Ink on Paper, 8×10″, 2011, Photograph, Purge Exhibition 2012

Childs Play,  Found Object, Ink on Paper, 8×10″, 2011, Photograph,Purge Exhibition 2012

Circa 1883 from Benbecula, Acrylic Painting and Cheese Cloth, 18 x 12″, 2005

Three White Horses, Photograph, 91 x 142 cm, The Circle and the Dot Exhibition, The Gallery, Treaty Six, Saskatoon, SK, 2022,

 

Land Acknowledgment: I acknowledge my existence and education started on Treaty 6 Territory, and the same goes for the beginnings of my parents and their parents, uprooting the Territories of Indigenous peoples and the traditional homeland of the Métis.

These treaties continue not to be honored to this day, which is why many of us who now call Canada our home have significant advantages over the original hosts who continue to live with oppression.I support reconciliation and redress, starting with confronting myself and my Settler relationships for the hopeful healing of future generations.

If Legs Could Kill,  Found Objects, Stonehouse Collaboration, 2016

My art practice guides me to where I have begun, a direct transmission of my mother and father and their mothers and fathers, travelling back in four different directions to arrive in one unifying position here in Saskatchewan. This excavation of my ancestry is a valuable exploration of Settler Culture. Engaging in this work is an active expression of healing and allows me to access new pathways in my thinking. My hands are the tools.

 

 

Visit Sculptural Works to see full body in porcelain, wood and bronze.

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