Clara Hume, paintings from the portfolio Saskatchewan Flowers from Spring to Fall, 1974, acrylic on board. The Mendel Art Gallery Collection at Remai Modern. Purchased with funds donated by the Picture Sales and Rental Committee, Women's Auxiliary, Saskatoon Art Centre 1975. Installation view. Photo Carey Shaw
Explore Prairie botanicals through Clara Hume’s paintings
Take a closer look at the work of Saskatoon artist Clara Hume. Fifty of Hume’s plant paintings are on view as part of An apology, a pill, a ritual, a resistance. This is the first time these works, which were acquired by the Mendel Art Gallery in 1975 and showcase a wide range of flora indigenous to the Great Plains, have been exhibited. Every plant has a medicinal use, some widely known and used by settler and Indigenous Peoples, and others which remain the sacred knowledge of First Nations and Métis Medicine people. Hume (1914-2006) began painting as a child and studied art at the Saskatchewan Technical Collegiate and University of Saskatchewan.