Something About Winnipeg (2016)
"...an epic undertaking…the Summa of a city… the jewel in the crown.”
GARY MICHAEL DAULT, former art critic, Globe and Mail
Winnipeg, a small Canadian city in the middle of nowhere, has been the target of endless jokes about entering a time warp, being a crime and murder capital, cold winters, mosquitoes, and boredom. Still, it is thought of, by some, as a good place to come from.
While considering a solo painting exhibition to be located in her place of birth, Freeman felt compelled to make it be something about Winnipeg. In Freeman's Toronto studio, this something evolved into over 80 paintings of people, places, and things - a narrative of her investigation, acknowledgement, and surrender to the enduring significance of "Peg", and the mark it left on her psyche.
It Began with a Death, Van Gogh, and a Pirate, 2016, oil on canvas, 84 x 108 inches
Something About Winnipeg, 2016, oil on canvas, 60 x 112 inches