While working in Iceland as part of his SIM artist residency in Reykjavik, during the summer 2017 ,multidisciplinary artist G. Scott Mac Leod learned about the Scotland-Scandinavian history of the women who settled Iceland during the ninth century. Based on that history, that includes archaeological findings that yielded DNA information, Scott created a series of charcoal figurative and landscape drawings.
The result is a drawing exhibition Women Waiting by the Sea- the Settlement of Iceland, that will be held in the Centre Culturel de Notre Dame de Grace, located in the new Benny Library, 6400 Monkland Avenue from January 19 to March 4.
The exhibition is an exploration of the period of settlement in Iceland, specifically dealing with the history of women who were taken to Iceland, because of emigration, marriage, slavery, from Scandinavia and Scotland.
A Vernissage will be held Thursday, January 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by the launch projection of Scott’s film First Contact. www.firstcontactthefilm.com
The documentary tells the story of an expedition of Norse Greenlanders from the East in search of agricultural land. At the turn of the first millennium on the island now called Newfoundland, North American natives and Europeans meet, by chance, for the first time. www.firstcontactthefilm.com
Scott is of Norse and Scottish lineage and was born in Red Deer, Alberta. His family moved to Montreal from Cape Breton N.S. MacLeod is a multimedia artist in the truest sense of the term. A critically acclaimed painter and photographer whose work is in many permanent collections, including that of the National Gallery of Canada, he is also a performing songwriter and recording artist.