Thelma Pepper Greeting Cards have been produced by Remai Modern on the occasion of the Exhibition Thelma Pepper: Ordinary Women. A Retrospective held at Remai Modern February 13 - August 15, 2021. Greeting Card measures 17.8 x 12.7cm.
Image Credit: Thelma Pepper, Lidia's Country Bar, Tway SK, 1993, gelatin silver print, 19.2 x 86.6cm. The Mendel Art Gallery Collection at Remai Modern, Gift of the artist, 2001.
Thelma Pepper: Ordinary Women. A Retrospective highlights the life’s work of one of Saskatchewan’s preeminent senior artists, Thelma Pepper (1920-2020), an important photographer, feminist and activist. Known for her black and white photographs, Pepper documented the lives of prairie women and men, putting their experiences and resilience into focus. Connecting through shared stories, Pepper illuminated the critical roles women held within their seemingly ordinary, everyday environments. Her photographs of elders are exemplified by compassion, dignity and intimacy, coming from her deep curiosity and warmth, putting her subjects at ease. Pepper was a vibrant spirit and brilliant storyteller.
Thelma Pepper: Ordinary Women. A Retrospective is co-curated by Sandra Fraser, Curator (Collections), Remai Modern and Leah Taylor, Curator, University of Saskatchewan Art Collection.
Thelma Pepper (1920-2020) was a Saskatoon-based artist, who was born in Nova Scotia, where she was introduced to photography by her grandfather and father. Pepper studied biology at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, completing a Bachelor of Science and later, a Master of Science at McGill University, Montreal. Having moved to Saskatoon in 1947, it was not until after her four children were grown that she began her own photographic work.
Pepper was active with The Photographer’s Gallery, an artist-run exhibition and resource centre dedicated to photography as an artistic practice. At the age of 69, she had her first solo exhibition in 1990, entitled Decades of Voices: Saskatchewan Pioneer Women, which went on to travel across Canada and to Scotland.