‘Cause I work so hard to make it everyday

Melissa General

Nov 2 - Dec 15, 2018

A large-scale multimedia work, ‘Cause I work so hard to make it everyday is inspired by a cassette recording of the artist and her cousins as children, she listened through the old cassettes of playing, singing and giggling. Focusing on her sister’s childhood rendition of the Pointer Sisters 1980s hit Neutron Dance (1983), General mixes this with location sound from Six Nations to create a textured layering of soundscapes. These tapes are audio documents of her childhood spent at her Uncle Dave’s house playing with her cousins. At that time their worlds were safe and encompassed the reserve surrounded by family and community. An understanding of movement between belonging and not belonging is a major pursuit symbolized or emblemized in General’s work, as her sense of home is porous to the social factors of moving between Toronto and the reserve.

Join us for Melissa General's Artist Talk on Friday, December 14 at 7pm. Reception to follow.

Melissa General is a Mohawk artist from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from York University. She is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, audio, video and installation. Her practice is focused on her home territory of Six Nations and the concepts of memory, language and land. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Lamont Gallery, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Harbourfront Centre, Stride Gallery, Gallery 101, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography and has been included in the 2016 Contemporary Native Art Biennial in Montréal. She is a Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL - Indigenous Art Award laureate and was named as the 2018 Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award Emerging Artist Laurate.

We would like to thank the generous support of our exhibition sponsor Ann Barrett.