"In contrast to Cindy Sherman’s staged self-portraits, McMaster’s tableaus appear less as a form of self-aware play acting or identity dress-up than as a means to fully inhabit her own multidimensional self. Exploring the complex aesthetics of Indigenous self-image through media and performance-based art, McMaster is in sync with contemporary artists like Rebecca Belmore, Dana Claxton, James Luna, Shelley Niro, or Lori Blondeau. She embodies the idea of survivance through prisms of identity, portraying herself as both mythic icon and pilgrim and always as inextricable from the natural world." --Ann Jaeger
Pick up a copy of The Capilano Review 3.28 for images from cover artist Meryl McMaster's recent exhibition Wanderings, held at Katzman Contemporary in Toronto, with an accompanying text by Ann Jaeger.