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The Writing on the Wall: The Work of Joane Cardinal-Schubert

Edited by Lindsey Sharman

$42.95 CAD / $42.95 USD

192 pages, 65 illustrations

Hardback: 1552389499

Paperback: 978-1-55238-949-2

Epub: 978-1-55238-952-2

Library PDF: 978-1-55238-951-5

September 2017

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A richly illustrated, beautifully designed exploration of the work of artist Joane Cardinal-Schubert, blending remembrance, story, and art history in a celebration of the life and work of a phenomenal talent.

Artist. Activist. Curator. Joane Cardinal-Schubert was a phenomenal talent. Her work recognizes the social and political ramifications of lived Indigenous experience, exposing truths about history, culture, and the contemporary world. She was a teacher and mentor, supporting those who struggle against the legacies of colonial history. She was an activist for Indigenous sovereignty, advocating for voices that go unheard.

Despite significant personal and professional successes and monumental contributions to the Calgary artistic community, Cardinal-Shubert remains under-recognized by a broad audience. This richly illustrated, intensely personal book celebrates her story with intimacy and insight 

Combining personal recollection with art history, academic reading with anecdote and story, The Writing on the Wall is a crucial contribution to Indigenous and Canadian art history. Cardinal-Shubert’s work leads the conversation, embracing the places where the personal, the political, and the artistic meet. 

About the Editor

Lindsey Sharman is Curator at the Founders’ Gallery, Military Museums, in Calgary.

With Contributions By:  Mike Schubert, Monique Westra, David Garneau, Alisdair MacRae, and Tanya Harnett

Praise for The Writing on the Wall: 

The reader feels as if they are sitting by a fire and not in an art history seminar. Intimate anecdotes interweave with eye-opening insights into the artist’s spiritual, political and artistic views . . . I finished this book with an eerie sense that I truly met, almost conversed with, a woman whose legacy deserves a place of honour in the annals of Canadian history. The Writing on the Wall is a fitting tribute to an artist whose contribution, like the vibrant colours in her paintings, will not fade. 

—Agnieszka Matejka, AlbertaViews 

Table of Contents

Lindsey V. Sharman

"I am out of the Woods Now" — Joane Cardinal-Schubert
Mike Schubert

Remembering Joane Cardinal-Schubert
Monique Westra

"Terribly Beautiful": Joane Cardinal-Schubert’s "Intervention of Passion"
David Garneau

Still Seeing Red
Alisdar MacRae

Tanya Hartnett

(Still) Responding to Everyday Life
Joane Cardinal-Schubert and Gerald McMaster

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WINNER, ARLIS Melva J. Dwyer Award | 2019

FINALIST, High Plains Book Award for Art & Photography | 2018

BRONZE MEDAL, PubWest Design Awards - Jacket/Cover, Large | 2018