North

Arabella - - VERONICA FUNK - Sam Amos

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"

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