If only you could love me

If only you could love me… (Plain(s) Warrior Artist series), 2003. Rosalie Favell (Cree Métis), b. 1958. Giclée print. Museum purchase, 2006 (26/5816).

Favell here refers to Frida Kahlo’s 1940 painting Self Portrait with Cropped Hair, complicating its questions of gender and sexuality and injecting issues of mixed-race identity and historical conflict. The image calls to mind both the cutting of hair in times of mourning and historic photographs of Native American children at boarding schools, where they were dressed in suits and their long hair was cut short.

In her intimate portraits, Rosalie Favell (Cree Métis, b. 1958) confronts issues of gender, sexuality, and race through the use of imagery drawn from popular culture and family photo albums. Raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Toronto, Favell holds an MFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She is currently completing a PhD at Carleton University in Ottawa. She has exhibited widely and received a number of awards, most recently the Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Arts Fellowship and the Canada Council for the Arts Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award.

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