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Remember the Ladies

Remember the Ladies is a site-specific work, created for the Maritimes presentation of the Oh, Canada exhibition at the Owens Art Gallery at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.

This work has two important sources; one is based on two works of china painting that are in the collection of the Owens Art Gallery that were made by Ethel Ogden in 1889. Ethel Ogden (1869-1902) was first a student and later a teacher in the Art Department at Mount Allison’s Ladies’ College. The Ladies’ College was initially established on campus in 1854 with a mandate to teach women art and culture. In 1894 the Owens Museum of Fine Art was built to function both to provide classrooms for the Ladies’ College and to serve as a museum to house its recently acquired collection.

The phrase Remember the Ladies was written in a letter by Abigail Adams in 1776 to her husband John Adams as he was preparing to participate in drafting the United States Declaration of Independence.

Dimensions: 2.7 x 19.7 m (8’ 11” x 64’ 7”)
Media: Flock and paint directly on gallery wall

Photography: Steve Farmer and Peter White