Through her inspirational art, Veronica Funk openly shares with the world a remarkable healing journey. "Though I missed my northern community terribly for many years, in this new body of work I have finally found a way to fill the hole left in my heart when I left the north. This work – each piece both a symbolic representation of and also physically a sacred vessel for me – is filled with the images, colours and symbols of my memory." Veronica grew up in northern Manitoba where her entire world was influenced by the Cree culture. On one of many trips up the Churchill River as a young girl, she saw her first pictographs drawn on stone outcroppings high above the waterline. They were so far down from the land on top of them that she could not help but wonder how anyone today could reach that space to draw, never mind thousands of years ago. Things like this kept her full of awe and gave her a sense of the scope and wonder of our world. "I was enamoured by the works of the Woodland Artists and was exposed to my first exhibits of works by Benjamin Chee Chee and Isaac Bignell at the Exhibition Centre," she remembers. "With my classmates, I visited an archaeological site near rapids on Churchill River, the ones after which my community of Leaf Rapids was named." At 17, Veronica’s family moved to Alberta, "when the life of the local mine became tenuous and my heart was broken. I cried to return to the silence of the boreal forest of the north, to the endless and abundantly clean waters, and to the aurora borealis in all its glory. In 1988, I returned with my now husband, to be married. Though
previous spread, The Dream Catcher, acrylic & copper leaf on canvas, 36" x 36" above, The In-between, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 40"