Update: On November 25th Historica-Dominion Institute announced that Rachel MacGillivray was the winner of the Art from Memory Challenge. Drawn to the story of Fraser Muir, MacGillivray was moved by his bravery. She wrote out quotations from his testimonial which she silkscreened onto a hand-made quilt, along with photographs from his archival profile. She sewed pockets into the quilt’s hem where she inserted a thank-you letter she wrote to Mr. Muir for his sacrifice. The young artist provided paper and pens so that viewers may leave messages of their own. Her artwork is in the top row, far right of the photo gallery.
Natacha Mercure won second place for her untitled animation (see below).
To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, art students were invited to “rethink remembrance –– through art.” Over fifty young Canadian artists ages seventeen to thirty answered the Art from Memory challenge.
Entries were invited from students who were pursuing or had just completed an undergraduate or graduate art or design degree. The submissions were to be a sensitive and creative representation from a story of a Second World War veteran contained in The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War archive. This collection –– an initiative of Historica-Dominion Institute –– has recorded more than 1500 stories of service and sacrifice.
The Art from Memory exhibition opens on Remembrance Day at Liberty Village’s Gallery 44Wide in Toronto. It will feature the top 10 finalists and 5 honourable mentions. Each piece of artwork shows an aspect of a veteran’s profile represented in painting, drawing, fabric art, sound installation, video, or other media.
Artwork from the finalists of the Art From Memory is in our Photo Gallery below. You can also watch finalist Natacha Mercure's short animation and listen to Howard Adler's sound-art piece. Read excerpts from the finalists’ artist statements in the Art From Memory catalogue.
A first prize of $5000 and second prize of $1500 will be announced at the closing reception on November 25. The two cash prizes are “intended to bolster the fledging careers of emerging Canadian talent,” says Davida Aronovitch, Communications Coordinator of The Memory Project. “This would afford the emerging artist and his or her work greater exposure while also celebrating its unique story of inspiration and showcasing remarkable stories and artefacts from The Memory Project.”
A panel of three prestigious jurors (C Magazine Editor Amish Morrell, Canadian artist Scott Waters and cultural reporter Sophie Perceval) will choose the grand-prize winner and a runner-up.
To see the complete Memory Project archive, go to TheMemoryProject.com.
Honour Song by Howard Adler:
Animated file by Natacha Mercure:
Visit Fraser Muir’s inspiring story here: http://www.thememoryproject.com/Stories/Veteran-Profile.aspx?itemid=1811.
Second prize went to Natacha Mercure for her untitled animation (see below).