Covenant (2012 | McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario)
From McMaster Museum of Art:
Covenant, a life sized bronze sculpture of an encounter between two coyotes was permanently installed in front of the McMaster Museum of Art this week. The artist, Mary Anne Barkhouse, is an accomplished contemporary Canadian artist with First Nations heritage. Her work was acquired by the Museum in June with the support of the artist, the Donald Murray Shepherd Trust and the Canada Council for the Arts.
“We anticipate that the McMaster community will adore the coyotes and embrace the dialogue that this work opens up,” says the Museum’s Director Carol Podedworny. “Mary Anne Barkhouse’s sculpture is an important addition to McMaster’s collection.”
Barkhouse often uses animal imagery in her work―wolves, moose, beaver, and in this case, coyotes―to examine environmental concerns, indigenous culture and social behaviors.
“Negotiation is at the core of experience for any living thing,” says the artist, “…whether it is at a wedding or a staged armed conflict or a chance meeting between two coyotes. We size up the other side…decide to either play or fight. It is all part of a natural order that is as old as time itself.”
Covenant also provides a fresh point of entry for interpretation and discussion of McMaster’s art collection, one of the largest on a Canadian campus with more than 7,000 objects.
More information on McMaster Museum of Art website.
(IMAGES: Courtesy of McMaster Museum of Art)