Image credit: From Wrapped in the Cloud, Meghann O’Brien, 2018. Produced in collaboration with Conrad Sly, Hannah Turner, Reese Muntean, and Kate Hennessy.
Wrapped in the Cloud | A collaboration with Meghann O’Brien
Hannah Turner, Kate Hennessy, Reese Muntean, and digital artist Conrad Sly are thrilled to be collaborating with artist and weaver Meghann O’Brien to create a media installation titled Wrapped in the Cloud representing her woven work Sky Blanket.
Sky Blanket was selected by Winnipeg Art Gallery curator Jaimie Isaac for the exhibition Boarder X. However, while this exhibition will travel from the MacKenzie Art Gallery, to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, to the Art Gallery of Alberta, and to the Audain Museum of Art (2018-2020), the original Sky Blanket was returned to Meghann’s home community in September 2018 for use in ceremony.
We used photogrammetry and 3D scanning to produce a digital model and animation representing Sky Blanket that is taking the place of the original blanket in the exhibition. Wrapped in the Cloud is currently on display at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton.
Please see Meghann O’Brien’s catalogue “Interface: The Woven Art of Meghann O’Brien” published by the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. It includes an essay by Kate Hennessy and Hannah Turner titled ‘Wrapped in the Cloud: Working Together at the Interface”.
This project is currently in development and we will update this page soon with more information.
About Meghann O’Brien (website)
Meghann O’Brien is a Northwest Coast weaver working in the traditions of basketry, Yeil Koowu (Raven’s Tail) and Naaxiin (Chilkat) textiles. She is descended from the Kwakwaka’wakw village of Weḵaʼyi Tʼsakwaʼlutan (Cape Mudge), the village of Kiusta, Haida Gwaii, and Dublin, Ireland. Her name in the Kwakwala language is Kwaxhi’laga-“Smoke Coming Out of the Top of the Big House, Welcoming People to Feast and Potlatch”. In the Haida language she carries the name of her maternal great grandmother Ruby Simeon: Jaad Kuujus-“Deer Woman”. Meghann has apprenticed under master weavers and traditional teachers Kerri Dick, Sherri Dick, and William White. Her artistic process is one of devotion to the highest expression of the art form, preferring to allow the weaving to find it’s own place in the world once completed. Her work is distributed between public and private galleries, museums, collectors, family, chiefs, dancers, and ceremonial people. She travels globally to lecture and demonstrate.
Our gratitude to: The Centre for Digital Media, Jaimie Issac, Richard Smith, Reese Muntean, Aynur Kadir, Beth Carter, John Reichert, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (and more to be added to this list!).