We’re not exactly sure how this most innocent of nature’s beasts has become synonymous with the lumberjack culture of Canadian cool - but we like it. Like Becky Comber’s
Maple Leaf icon, the beaver has been exploited into one of the most recognized symbols of Canadian identity; stuffed beavers wearing hockey jerseys are sold in airport gift shops all across the country, and its image is minted onto the front of our 5 cent coin.
Robyn McCallum’s research for “Canadian Beavers” included several visits to local gift shops and “trading posts” where we tout our authentic Canadianess to our dear, unsuspecting tourists. Plastic inukshuk bottle stoppers and RCMP cutting boards pile up in kitchen cupboards all across the globe as mementos of the ultimate Canadian vacation. Robyn works with, and amplifies the kitsch of this typical Canadian iconography, by re-appropriating it into the image we see here. She uses elements borrowed from her ongoing series Patrimony
, in which traditional representations of women in art history are deconstructed and re-presented in a modern day context using “Pin-ups” and pop-culture images of the 20th century.
Each week, starting in May 2010, six artists from EYE BUY ART released a site-specific, limited edition print in partnership with the Drake Hotel
. Photographs from the series are available individually here, or, you can save on shipping for a limited time and purchase the entire series as a boxed set