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.
From the Tragically Hip page:
Announcing a one-of-a-kind art exhibition, “Echoes Of The Flame: Art Inspired By The Lyrics Of The Tragically Hip“, presented by Song-Word Art House. It will be open from July 8th through to August 28th at Bracebridge Hall in Muskoka, ON. A portion of the proceeds generated from the sale of the original 18-piece artwork collection will be donated in support of the Tsi Tyônnheht Onkwawén:na language and cultural centre.
“We are so pleased and gratified to see the music we created, transformed into new artistic expressions…like seeds we scattered that have taken root and are now in bloom.”
The full artworks collection (originals and limited edition prints of each artwork) will be available for viewing and purchase at Bracebridge Hall beginning July 8th as well as online here – https://song-word.com/the-tragically-hip
Today I made a donation of $3000 that will help restore the Mohawk Institute… Canada’s oldest Residential School.
The response to the Black Shirt has been amazing and I can’t thank everyone enough.
I’ve had a lot of requests for shirts since we sold out, so I’m now taking preorders. Hoodies and T’s can be ordered now at www.folker.ca The garments will be available for pickup or delivered before the end of September.
If you don’t need a hoodie or T, but would like to help, please consider a donation to the Save the Evidence campaign by visiting www.woodlandculturalcentre.ca