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Meryl McMaster: As Immense as the Sky

University Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre 
May 1 - August 4, 2019 
Curator: Gaëlle Morel

Wearing various designed costumes, sculptural garments, makeup, and custom-made props, Meryl McMaster examines the overlapping cultures and histories of both her Indigenous and European ancestors in this series of performative self-portraits. Documented at ancient sites in Saskatchewan and the shores of early settlement in Ontario and Newfoundland, her images originate from her interpretation and reenactment of patrimonial stories told by relatives, knowledge keepers, and friends. McMaster’s otherworldly personas pose theatrically in front of these majestic panoramas, speaking to how inherited historical narratives inform her dual identity.  


The artist wishes to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.



Opening Party
Wednesday, May 1
7 pm - 11 pm

Artist and Curator in Conversation: Meryl McMaster with Gaëlle Morel
Wednesday, June 5
7 pm

Exhibition Tours
Daily 2:30 pm

All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre, unless otherwise noted


A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Outside overlooking water, a woman wears white face makeup and a black coat and holds a boat on her shoulder
Fig. 1

Meryl McMaster, On the Edge of This Immensity, from the series As Immense as the Sky, 2019, chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist, Stephen Bulger Gallery and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain

As Immense as the Sky

Upcoming Exhibitions


Moyra Davey, EM Copperheads 1-150, Galerie Buchholz (detail), 2017, 150 chromogenic prints, tape, postage, ink. Courtesy the artist; Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York; and greengrassi, London


Adrian Raymer, Two of A Kind, 2018, inkjet print. Courtesy the artist


Pearson Ripley, Samuel, 2018, inkjet print. Courtesy the artist