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Item Name: Mixed Media
Title: Northern Cross/Southern Haunts
Maker: Ann Newdigate
Year: 1987
Country: Canadian
Materials: Tapestry of mixed, natural and synthetic material
Measurements: overall: 63.75 cm x 173.75 cm
ID Number: PC88.2
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Northern Cross/Southern Haunts is an example of postmodern art, an art movement that started in the 1970’s. Postmodern artwork often uses representational imagery and symbols to challenge common perceptions and systems of knowledge, allowing for personal and subjective interpretation. As such, Ann Newdigate sets up contradictions that force viewers to think twice about what they see or know. In this case, the “x” next to the image of a water’s edge suggests we can question what we might think is a simple landscape. As a tapestry artist, Newdigate also challenges perceptions of what is traditionally considered high or low art, allowing her textile medium a provocative role in the art world. Elizabeth Ann Newdigate-Mills (1934- ) was born in Grahamstown, South Africa. She earned a BA in African Studies and English Literature in 1964 at the University of Cape Town, followed by a BFA and MFA at the University of Saskatchewan. Newdigate taught design, drawing and art at the U of S after studying tapestry in Scotland in 1981-82 and was one of the five Saskatoon women who founded AKA Gallery in 1971 (formerly The Shoestring Gallery) as well as helping to relaunch Blackflash magazine in 1997. Newdigate’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held in collections such as the Canada Council Art Bank and the Saskatchewan Arts Board.