Echoes Of The Flame: Art Inspired By The Lyrics Of The Tragically Hip
Song-Word Art House and The Tragically Hip invited me to create an original piece of art that incorporates lyrics of my choice from a Tragically Hip song. The song I selected was Fiddler’s Green, a painfully beautiful masterpiece about a mother losing her young son – the most difficult experience a parent could ever know. I am Mohawk, and the grandson of a residential school survivor. I connected the song to the thousands of Indigenous parents who experienced the same loss at the hands of the government and church. So many children who were taken away never returned.
The painting is 48"X48" mixed media on plywood.
The lyrics "September seventeen / For a girl I know it's Mother's Day” are written in Mohawk as a background texture, and “Her son has gone alee / And that's where he will stay" tangle up the feet of a broken mother.
It is an incredible honour to collaborate with Song-Word Art House and The Tragically Hip. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to participate in this exhibition.
The Tragically Hip and Song-Word Art House will donate 25% of the proceeds from the sale of original artwork included in this exhibition to the Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na language and cultural centre, located on a Mohawk reservation in Tyendinaga, Ontario. The funding will help build a school dedicated to teaching students their Indigenous language.
To purchase this original painting or a print please visit https://song-word.com/michael-barber
The Echoes of the Flame exhibition at Bracebridge Hall will run from July 8 until August 28. …