Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island — English Canadian artist Erica Rutherford’s PEI family is excited to see her work appear in a giant mural in downtown Charlottetown.
The city council recently approved a major change to allow 212 square feet of murals on the south-facing facade of the Old Triangle Restaurant on Great George Street.
Born in Eric Rutherford in 1923, Rutherford underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1976. The mural tells a story about the artist’s transsexuals. She died in 2008.
“I think Erica would have been happy,” Erica’s partner and longtime friend Gale Rutherford told the SaltWire network on December 20th. The usual kind of mural you stand up “
Scottish-born artists moved to PEI in 1985. She was said to be a pioneer in the transgender movement.
In the mid-1970s, while painting a piece called “We Can’t All Be Perfect,” Erica Rutherford would have experienced a gender identity disorder during the transition and was thinking of a finished woman.
The installation on the Old Triangle depicts two women in black boots and one woman in red boots.
Gail Rutherford said that when creating the work, Erica was interested in the images she would have presented during the transsexual.
Gail Rutherford states that the title “Some Like It Hot” comes from the lines of the 1950s movie “Some Like It Hot.”
“At the end (of the movie), one of the men pretends to be a female on a boat with a millionaire who proposes to him. He said,” But you don’t understand. Hmm. I’m a man. ” And the millionaire says, “Oh, well, we can’t all be perfect.” It always made Erica crazy. “
Before Erica transformed, she and Gale had a daughter, Susana.
“My mother and I are very pleased that Erica’s work and her inclusion message have been recognized by the City of Charlottetown,” Susana Rutherford told the Saltwire Network.
Anastasia Preston, Transgender Community Outreach Coordinator for the Pears Alliance, has called Erica Theford a pioneer in the LGBTQ + community.
“She was one of the first very prominent people in the LGBTQ + community,” Preston said, adding that the mural is a satirical spin on this subject. “It also says that not everyone is born perfectly, but we all have a perfect body.”
Gail Rutherford said he hopes the murals will create a healthy conversation.
“I think it’s good to publish it and discuss it, but (mural) is probably a bit of a puzzle for people. But it’s a hilarious message. There’s nothing scary.”
A plaque is placed near the artwork to provide knowledge and context about the work.
The display is funded through the Discover Charlottetown Ignition Fund.
About the artist
• Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1923 to Eric Rutherford.
• He died in Charlottetown in 2008 at the age of 85.
• Settled in PEI’s Pinette in 1985.
• In 1987, she and her partner, Gale, opened an art studio and artist hideout at Pinette’s facility.
• In 1993, Rutherford published her autobiography, where she discusses gender identity disorder.
• In 1991, she held the first printmaker’s workshop, attracting the best artists in the country.Eventually, it led to the formation of the PEI printer council.
• Elected to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1999.
• Her last show, the Enigmatic Whispers, was held in 2006 at the Confederation Center of Arts in Charlottetown.
• A scholarship in her name was awarded by UPEI.