|Dip, Dip and Swing (2015) embroidery on birch bark, mixed media|
I could have whacked her.
#1 on the list of things not to say to artists should be "How sweet." It's even worse than "Interesting."
If I had my wits about me I should have responded, "Well, no, actually it's about the way the English and the French exploited the First Nations people to make money for themselves."
But, I was polite (it's still the Canadian way, in spite of that ass of a Prime Minister we are burdened with for the next sixteen days). I just went, "Mmmnn" and forgave the curator on the grounds that she was probably overworked and overwhelmed at having to fit 59 pieces of art into 40 feet of wall space.
And maybe if the art doesn't speak for itself, it's the problem of the artist. I usually err on the side of the obscure. Maybe this should be a lesson to me.