- MORRISSEAU SCULPTOR
- MORRISSEAU SCULPTOR
am honouring his gift to the people of the world"
~ Susan Murar
Norval Morrisseau & Susan Murar
Portrait (White clay):
6'-4" x 3'-6" x 2'-2" (Height x Width
Staff (White clay):
3'-10" x 1'-10" x 10" (Height x Width
* Awaiting to be cast into bronze (Lost wax
WHO IS SUSAN MURAR?
is a city that invites the imagination to thrive. Many wonderful artists
call Stratford home. Not only the theatrical and musical arts flourish
here, but visual arts of all types abound.
On my walk
home today I saw one of my neighbours out creating a new garden. I
stopped to chat and she invited me in to see her finished sculpture. It
stands 8 feet tall and is a 3D portrait of
Norval Morrisseau, an Ojibway
artist and Shaman who is considered by many to be one of Canada's most
original and important artists.
When he was
19, Norval Morrisseau recovered from a severe illness after a mystic
ceremony performed by a medicine woman, where he was given the name
In the late 1950's he became sick again with tuberculosis and met his
Harriet Kakegamic in a
sanitorium in Thunder Bay. She taught him to sign his artwork as
in Cree syllabics.
neighbour, Susan Murar, has captured the dichotomy of the face of the
thunder bird interwoven with that of the artist. I was captivated by the
sculpture's eyes and the intricate details that pull images from his
artwork. Back and front, both sculptures in the set display a wonderful
array of Ojibway legends.
If you are
ever passing through Stratford do take the time to look up artist Susan
Murar. She is a fascinating and talented woman. The statue, by the way,
is created from white plasticine - still awaiting its final bronze cast.
Harrison - a Christian singer, freelance writer, and speaker
from Stratford, Ontario
Visit her blog at
My Stratford! a fond look at Stratford, Ontario
* Used with permission
- former owner of the Stratford Brass Rubbing Museum and Gallery -
stated that she had always admired Norval Morrisseauís work and that he
had really influenced her as an artist. After Norval Morrisseau died in
December 2007 she knew she found the perfect subject for a large-scale
portrait sculpture she had been looking for a long time. That started a
two year journey which included plenty of research into Norval
Morrisseauís body of work.
"Norval Morrisseau created art
that will be around for centuries to come and thatís how she wanted to
portray him as the artist, not taking into consideration the smallness
we all have in our lives and added that everyone has a core of hope and
promise, and itís connected to your heart and your spirit being. If you
know that about yourself you can go over a bridge and find it in
She designed the sculpture so that when a
parent holds a child in their arms for a closer look, the child is
eye-to-eye with Norval Morrisseau.
The arrangements for this portrait of Norval Morrisseau had been made to
be showcased at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, but unfortunately
Susan Murar was not able to complete the sculpture in time.
article by Tori Sutton;
Norval Morrisseau Blog Master's conversation with Susan Murar
Susan Murar, Sculptor -
BA, MFA, AOCAD
ZUSKA GEVURAH -"Woman with Courage"
CURRICULUM VITAE OF SUSAN MURAR
HOW THE NORVAL MORRISSEAU WAS SCULPTED?
SUSAN MURAR ABOUT NORVAL MORRISSEAU
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For further concise research on Norval Morrisseau go to
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