October 03, 2018
WAR - A Personal Response GATEWAY TO THE WEST
I will be sharing some of my pieces that will be in the WAR exhibit in
Sidney, BC from October 16 through November 29th, 2018.
Title: Winnipeg - Gateway to the West
Size: 22” x 32”
Materials: silk, fabric paint
Techniques: silk screening, stamping
Disembarking in Canada, Ukrainian immigrants boarded a train for
Winnipeg – Gateway to the West. There, they were housed in
immigration halls, were counselled about available land and possible
work, and made arrangements to travel to their final destinations.
There was culture shock, and some even found their names and
their nationalities changed by the bureaucracy, with names
transliterated and citizenship recorded from their passports, which
had been issued by the last country to occupy Ukraine. It was
surprising and confusing, “as if it was a christening or they were
Nonetheless, it was here they began to recover from the chaos of
travel, to gain a sense of control, and to organize for the last leg of
the journey to their new home. They packed up supplies. They
gathered tips for homesteading. And they drew on their faith and
confidence to move forward to their shiny new lives.