Reflections H2O (2021) exhibits works by high school students from Sir Robert Borden and Gloucester High Schools. During a three-part workshop under the mentorship of artist Emily Rose Michaud, students chose a word or phrase that lifts them up and gives them strength. This word was then the source of inspiration for their own design on a wooden hexagon.
For many participants, this was a first experience in seeing their work through from concept to realization with the goal to share art with the community. Installed as a beehive mural, this collaborative work is a reminder of the sweetness of sticking together and the impact of one drop within the collective.
About the Artist
Emily Rose Michaud is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working at the crossroads of community organization, ecology and civic participation. Her body of work encompasses land-based art, installation, drawing, writing, performance and interventions. Her ongoing encounters in art and landscape emanate from the bio-region of the Outaouais in Western Québec. Michaud holds a BFA from Concordia University (Montréal) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. She lives in Gatineau.
About the Partnership
This exhibition was made possible through a partnership between the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board that facilitated art workshops for Specialist High Skills Majors program students during the 2021-2022 school year.
Exhibition Coordinator: Madeleine Bardou-Clark
English Editing: Michael Davidge
French Editing: Véronique Couillard
French Translation: Marie-Camille Lalande
Design: Chantal Carrière