Ladykiller the Maneater

March 17 – April 29, 2023

About the Program

In Ladykiller the Maneater, Tlingit artist Alison Bremner brings forward the experiences of an imagined deity who has existed in a dream-state for a very long time—so long that no one is certain even of what she was the deity of anymore. The eel in Tlingit culture was considered too “lowly” a creature to eat and therefore largely ignored. But eventually, Ladykiller could not ignore the world of men, and was awoken from her subterranean slumber and emerged to traverse and experience this new world around her. For Bremner, culture is not stagnant. Through contact and technological revolution, Tlingit culture is constantly adapting, observing and searching for its place in the world, just as any other. Ladykiller the Maneater is both a manifestation of trauma and a means of processing it; Bremner envisions her as loving and gentle in her most natural state but highly carnivorous when agitated. Bremner’s paintings demonstrate both the love and bite of the artist’s humour and her penchant to draw from all aspects of contemporary Indigenous identity without assigning much attention to the discourse of traditional vs contemporary. Bremner’s work is not exotic but lived in, felt and able to weave through the cacophony of abrupt awakenings and disruption. An artist talk was presented on April 19, 2023.


Accessibility Support: Keimi Nakashima-Ochoa
Accounting: Linda Gorrie
Administration: Meagan Kus
Archives: Dan Pon and Jessica Fletcher
Communications: Katrina Orlowski
Gallery Assistant: Hedy Wood
Grantwriting Support: Mary Ann Anderson
Installation/Preparator: Kay Slater
Photography: Dennis Ha
Programming: Whess Harman
Tech: Sebnem Ozpeta


2023.0317 LAD


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