The Work of the Week for January 22 - 29, 2018 is Aniti Anemos by Aaron Paquette.
Aniti Anemos this is one of three artworks by Aaron Paquette recommended for acquisition by Dr. Cardinal-Schubert. Prior to this acquisition, Aaron Paquette was not represented in the AFA Collection.
From the artist's statement on his work:
Aniti is a Sanskrit word meaning ”he breathes”. Anemos in Greek is “wind”. They are the root for the word Animus, that primitive and natural part of the human mind that works behind our awareness, under our masks of reality and experience. It is a place of magic, the wellspring of images and symbols whose meanings lie deep within us, the definitions of which we can never truly grasp, but must be content to feel – to learn of perhaps – only in that place between wakefulness and dreams.
To me, this is expressed as a feeling of connection to the soil, as a kinship with the beasts, and as a believer in visions and personal spiritual knowledge. It is why I paint. As each of us follows our own path it will teach us, day by day, how to breathe the wind.
During January 2018, we featured Dr. Cardinal-Schubert's artwork currently included in the AFA Collection, as well as work she helped the AFA to acquire, to celebrate the announcement of the one-time funding opportunity: the Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert Fellowship for Indigenous Curators. This fellowship was designed to support the growth and development of curatorial talent and enhance representation of Indigenous artists in the AFA collection.
Read more about Aaron Paquette in the AFA virtual museum: