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Song of My Dreambed Dance, 1995

Joane Cardinal-Schubert
Canadian, 1942 - 2009
acrylic on canvas
152 x 122 cm
Gift of the Alberta Foundation of the Arts, Edmonton, 2005
National Gallery of Canada (no. 41762)

In "Song of My Dream Bed Dance" Cardinal-Schubert references elements associated with First Nations cultures and draws on personal imagery derived from a powerful vision she had in a “Dream Bed.” Part of her "Warshirt" series, this work explores the significance and symbolism of this piece of clothing traditionally created to honour an individual and his or her associated deeds. In Cardinal-Schubert’s interpretation, the shirt becomes a form of armour or protection made of a layering of clothing and accoutrements; bone breastplates, strings of beads, bear claws, the four sacred colours and other elements infer the defense of both the physical and spiritual “bodies.” "Song of My Dream Bed Dance" features a moment of spiritual transformation, a dance between animal and human states.




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