Unceded = 375+

Christina Marie Phelps, Unceded = 375+, collaged Montreal maps with black pastel and acrylic paint/aerosol on wood, 2016-2017.

This collage reflects the land on which Montreal was colonized. The use of a torn up and deconstructed map of the city, references the destructive nature of colonization on both Indigenous peoples and their land. The white “wash” over top of the collage blurs sections of the map to depict whitewashing by European settlers and allude to fading memories. The aerosol element is an expression of resistance that calls into question the very nature of Montreal’s 375th anniversary.

  • Christina Marie Phelps has been practicing and teaching visual arts for over thirteen years, both in schools and in the community and believes strongly in the value of play and collaboration as a tool for artistic expression. Her own practice is concerned with exercises in mixed media and ephemeral street art installations, drawing, painting, and light-based media. In the Summer of 2014, she was a student participant in the TASK Party Course at Concordia, and in 2015 she won the CUSRA Undergraduate Research Fellowship, to continue to explore the benefits of the TASK Party course offering while curating the Youth activities of the annual Under Pressure Festival and Queens Creation Festival. Awarded the Erin and Heather Humanitarian Award for her involvement in her community art programming, Christina Marie continues to inspire and create alongside students and youth participants in various Montreal schools and Arts Centers.

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