you radiate sunlight like clothes on a clothesline, for James Luna
Title: you radiate sunlight like clothes on a clothesline, for James Luna
Artist: Meagan Musseau
Curator: Lori Blondeau
Medium: Performance Art, Land-based Performance, Video
Material: 250 yards of neon yellow polyester ribbon hung with pins across a clothesline on a summer morning
Production: Mazook Studio
Videography: James Grudić
Editing: Meagan Musseau
Installation assistance: Mariah Young
Date: Peskewiku’s | July 2021
You radiate sunlight like clothes on a clothesline, for James Luna is a land-based performance artwork by Meagan Musseau. This performance will take place at her grandmother’s cabin during the month of Peskewiku’s (July) on Ktaqmkuk territory, the Elmastukwek region of the island. Meagan is creating this artwork in conversation with curator, Lori Blondeau for High-Tech Storytellers: New Generation at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery.
Meagan Musseau is a Mi’kmaw (L’nu) artist from Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk territory (Bay of Islands, western Newfoundland). She nourishes an interdisciplinary practice by working with customary art forms and new media, such as basketry, beadwork, land-based performance, video and installation. She focuses on creating artwork, dancing, learning Mi’kmaw language, and facilitating workshops as a way to actively participate in survivance. Musseau’s work has been exhibited nationally at Open Space, Victoria; grunt gallery, Vancouver; Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre, Edmonton; AKA Artist-run, Saskatoon; Ace Art Inc., Winnipeg; VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal; and internationally at Canada House, London, UK. She has performed at Spirit Song Festival (2019), Bonavista Biennale (2019), #THIRDSHIFT (2017), as well as in landscapes across Turtle Island. Her work has been featured in publications such as Canadian Art, Border Crossings, and Visual Arts News. Musseau’s practice has been supported by awards such as an Aboriginal Arts Development Award, First Peoples’ Cultural Council (2016), Atlantic Canadian Emerging Artist, the Hnatyshyn Foundation (2018), and the Sobey Art Award longlist (2021).