We’jitu Ta’n Wetapeki Elapsk~tekemkewey Amalitaqn
Finding My Roots Through the Art of Sculpture
Mary E. Black Gallery
1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS
On view: June 18 – July 17
Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm
We are delighted to be hosting the work of sculptor Gordon Sparks in his first Solo Exhibition, Finding My Roots Through the Art of Sculpture running June 18 – July 17 at the Mary E. Black Gallery.
Gordon Sparks is a mentee of renowned wood carver Ned Bear and has carried Bear’s legacy into his own work, finding his own unique form. Sparks’ work is created through a rich process of building relationships with elders throughout Mi’kma’ki searching with them for trees to source his wood respectfully, thereby forming a relationship with community, land, and his material. His mask carving is an act of bringing forth stories within the wood to share generously with the world.
“L’nui teli-wsua’tu teli-iknmakwey amaloqsawen aqq a’tukwen nkutey kepmite’taqn, asite’taqn aqq tepkatik tela’tekemk apoqnmuan kikmanaq mikwite’tmnew ta’n wetapeksulti’tij, mawita’new aqq apajo’ltinew ula kmitkinu tel nenmu’k Mi’kma’ki.”
“As a Mi’kmaq person with the gift to create with my hands and the gift of storytelling it is my honor, privilege and obligation to do my part in helping our people remember our place, gather and reunite on this land we know as Mi’kma’ki.”
– Gordon Sparks
Further programming in conjunction with this exhibition will be announced soon. We are so thrilled to be able to reopen to the public with this highly anticipated show.
We wish to acknowledge the generous support of Arts Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality in providing funding for this exhibition and programming.
We respectfully acknowledge that The Mary E. Black Gallery and the Centre For Craft Nova Scotia are situated in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded territory of Mi’kmaq people. We are governed by the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1752 and endeavor to respect the rights and intentions laid out within it, as we are all treaty people.