Meryl McMaster: Confluence
Meryl McMaster’s photographs explore the fluidity of identity and the possibilities of examining and revisioning the self and its representation. Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, McMaster transforms her appearance, whether by layering photographic images onto her body or through elaborate costumes and props she has created and inhabits as alter egos, solitary in the landscape.
An individual of mixed Plains Cree and Euro-Canadian heritage, McMaster explores the dimensions of her own sense of identity and the complex history of the photographic representation of Indigenous peoples. Three bodies of work in Confluence comprise arresting self-portraits that counter the stereotypical ways that Indigenous peoples have been, and sometimes still are, represented within a colonial framework, principally as objects rather than as subjects of the gaze.
Produced by Carleton University Art Gallery