Outdoor installation for Geopoetics exhibition at Stewart Hall Gallery in Pointe-Claire Quebec. Curated by Kasia Basta. June11 to October 15, 2017. HERITAGE is a new sculpture is made of laser cut wood that depicts a map of the rivers and lakes of Canada. During the day the 3 dimensional letters on the shores of Lac Saint-Louis proclaim that water is our heritage in Canada. Through these vein-like water currants from sea to sea, humans and plant life are sustained. At night, the context of water conservation fades into a subdued reading, where the map now back lit, offers a more visceral experience of water breathing through our pores. It is our heritage to preserve this life force. Like a headline in the landscape, this sculpture also poses questions about water sovereignty in Canada.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the City of Pointe-Claire offered a special program of cultural activities, lectures, exhibitions, concerts and shows organized with and for the community on the magnificent grounds of the Stewart Hall Cultural Centre located on the shores of Lake Saint-Louis. The Geopoetics project consisted of an outdoor art path, an exhibition at the Art Gallery and participatory activities for the whole family; it provided an opportunity to experiment with various visions of the space and territory that form the mosaic of Canadian identity. Visitors were invited to follow their intuition to discover the outline of a poetic geography that is an integral part of our vast landscape and of a mixed population that is always on the move. This sensitive journey proposes a reflection on the underlying patterns of our collective identity.