Rebecca Belmore: In the artist’s own words

Rebecca Belmore: In the artist’s own words

September 19, 2011 | Published by MMA

The current exhibition at McMaster Museum of Art takes its name from one of the works on view, Rebecca Belmore’s Rising to the Occasion. Here’s a great AGO video of the artist discussing that work:

It originated as a performance and action, drawing attention to the effects of colonization on First Nations women. The Victorian-style dress, resembling a beaver dam and adorned with broken china teacups, was made and worn by Belmore during the Duke and Duchess of York’s official visit to Canada in 1987, and then reconstructed as a sculpture.

Rebecca Belmore's sculpture Rising to the Occasion, 1987
Rebecca Belmore (Anishinabe b.1960), Rising to the Occasion, 1987-1991, mixed media, Collection Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Gift from the Junior Volunteer Committee, 1995. photo: Sean Weaver, AGO © Art Gallery of Ontario

Born in Upsala, Ontario, Rebecca Belmore is an artist currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and is internationally recognized for her performance and installation art. Since 1987, her multi-disciplinary work has addressed history, place and identity through the media of sculpture, installation, video and performance.

McMaster Museum of Art