A sculpture by Stratford artist Susan Murar is among the achievements highlighted in a new report celebrating the Ontario College Art and Design University’s long and distinguished history.
Murar’s portrait of Canadian Ojibway artist Norval Morrisseau changing into “Copper Thunderbird” was one of the pieces from faculty and alumni chosen for the Toronto institution's publication entitled, “135 Reasons to Love OCAD University.”
Completed in 2012, Murar’s work, which comes in at number 102 on OCAD’s list, is the first and only three-dimensional portrait of the Anishnaabe artist and Grand Shaman of the Ojibwa.
The inspiration for the sculpture came from Morrisseau’s many self portraits he painted called “Changing into Copper Thunderbird.”
Murar’s portrait includes a large shaman’s staff with the Ojibway medicine snake, sacred bear, and turtle – the Ojibway symbol of their land, North America.
The portrait can be viewed on YouTube by searching “Morrisseau Murar.” A video documenting the artistic process behind the portrait has also been released and is available at My Custom Framer on Albert Street.