Featured Image: Ted to Dazaunggee: A Dialogue in Image, 2019, Ted Fullerton and Dazaunggee, Oil on Wood (2 Panels), 60 x 40 in per panel
The Aurora Cultural Centre is pleased to present Together in Spirit: Dialogue in Image, a two-person exhibition with Dazaunggee and Ted Fullerton. The exhibition is on view from October 1 – November 19, 2022 at our temporary gallery.
Dazaunggee and Ted Fullerton befriended each other in the early nineties based on their mutual respect and shared work in the arts. In 2018, the artists met again after years apart. Naturally conversing on themes such as colonial domination, oppression, aesthetic sensibilities, as well as their personal life experiences, the artists decided to continue their conversation in visual form.
Each artist creates a statement in painting for the other, who responds reciprocally. In Together in Spirit: Dialogue in Image, pairs of paintings meet in truthful conversation and confession with each other. The gallery serves as a safe space for ongoing discussion of honest and perhaps controversial topics at this current juncture in Canadian History: Original people, spirituality, expropriation of Indigenous land, cultural identity, shame, and language, and more.
Alongside their paired pieces, each artist contributes several works from their independent practice. Through their individual lenses, we see the extension of thought and the continuity of themes from their collaborative works. Through their connection comes inspiration for experimentation and personal growth; through visual creation is an ongoing exploration and declaration for reconciliation.