Jamelie Hassan - Deshkan Ziibi Limited Edition Print
Artist: Jamelie Hassan
Title: Deshkan Ziibi
Archival print, edition of 10
1/10 signed and number
One of my favourite views in London, Ontario is from Harris Park where the waters of the Deshkan Ziibi flow across the rocks.
In 2021, embracing the Indigenous name for this river, I inscribed the words in pencil onto the original watercolour I had painted in 1985. The 2 dates are noted on the watercolour.
Deshkan Ziibi comes from the original Anishinaabemowin name and translates as “ Antler or Horned River”. The river, presently known as the Thames River, is one of southern Ontario's largest rivers, named, like the city and many of its landmarks, to mimic the locations of England by the early colonizing settlers to this region. Today, there is a strong movement among many of us to refer to the river's original Indigenous name.
This digital print is the actual size of the original watercolour and is printed with archival inks on archival paper by Colour by Schubert. The print edition is signed and numbered in an edition of 10.
Jamelie Hassan is a visual artist and activist based in London, Ontario. Since the 1970's, she has exhibited widely in Canada and internationally. She is also active as a lecturer, writer and independent curator and has travelled and worked within Canada and internationally. In 2001 she was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts. In 1993 she received the “Canada 125 ” Medal for outstanding community service.