Artist Spotlight: Anong Migwans Beam


Welcome to another Artist Spotlight. In this edition, Anong Migwans Beam chats about her current exhibition Submerged Landscapes. Read on to learn more about her work, and pop by SG to view it now until November 27.

1) Hi, Anong! Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Anong Migwans Beam; I am an Artist from Mchigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island (the largest freshwater island in the world). I was raised by artists and owe the great things in my life to the experience of art and artists of the world and the joy of creating art myself.

2) What influences your artistic practice? What inspires you?

I am inspired by the natural landscape, elemental water and rock and human interaction upon it. The physical history of place. I am interested in the ways artists depict the personal in landscape; painters like Kim Dorland, Peter Doig, and Jules Debalincourt. Artists who work in oil on canvas. Even with the popularity of other forms of expression, I still find the open window of a canvas a vast and open field of possibilities. I’ve recently been inspired with elements of historical abstraction and how to paint the feeling of a physical thing, like a mountain or a wave, without getting too ‘paint-by-numbers’ and literal about it.

3) Could you tell us a little bit about your studio practice and techniques?

I’m fortunate to have a great studio space here on the island, with a big view of the water in a 1920s storefront building. I do a lot of experimenting with different ways of building a painting. Like underpainting with Degas monoprint on glass technique, something that I learned and worked on with Gordan Novak at Novak Graphics Saskatchewan. My latest body of work has been painted with the inks he makes on site and with oil on canvas.

4) Is there anything else you’d like to share about Submerged Landscapes?

I hope people enjoy the exhibition. I’m grateful to Station Gallery for inviting me to show and hope some of the feelings I have about the landscape of Canada and the feeling I have about home is recorded in these paintings and evokes a positive response on those who view them; perhaps even if this place is far from their home, they will gain a sense of familiarity and comfort through these works, as they are that to me.

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