Creator: Glynis Humphrey
Nominator: Ingrid Jenkner
Breathing Under Water is a richly complex video installation involving projection, sound, sculptural objects and the engagement of the viewer. It is an experiential work that is all-consuming. Its effect is sensuous and physical and it stays with the participant in a visceral way, having the potential to change the participants’ state of mind. This is an ambitious work that stretches the medium of video installation. It speaks to a contrast between the interior and the exterior, between the repulsive and the beautiful, between terror and tranquility. The work is experienced as an immersion of bodily, human conditions* – birth, death, pregnancy, drowning. Although it has strong feminist content, its relevance is cross-cultural and resonates with all human beings. Overall, it is an impressive work on many planes: intellectual, visual and sensual.
Creator: Georgette Leblanc
Nominator: Carol Doucet
Alma is a collection of poetry with a narrative thread that evokes particular places, times and people in the Baie Sainte Marie region. The poet artfully mixes local dialect with standardized French and brings oral and vernacular traditions to the written word. The collection is replete with beautiful poetic images and insight into the inner life of the protagonist, Alma. While the text follows its main character through various eras, most notably the turbulent times of the Depression and Second World War, Alma is more than just a story. Its rich and eloquent language presents powerful images through a dialect that has too seldom been celebrated in literature. In addition to beautiful imagery, this is a work that gives a largely unwritten language place and importance.
Creator: Elizabeth Goluch
Nominator: Susan Hanrahan
Technically superb and full of charm, Elizabeth Goluch’s “I’ll Sing in the Sunshine”, is a splendid demonstration of fine craft. Made from gold, silver, copper and precious/semi-precious stones, the beautiful insect reflects the merging of naturalist and artist. Through this detailed presentation of the Cicada, an insect that could be considered unappealing is portrayed in splendid beauty.
Creator: Lorraine Field
Nominator: Robin Metcalfe
Incorporating a variety of themes including the history of women, immigration and ceramics, Illuminated Petragraphs is photographic series sets historical ceramic designs within beautiful scenic images. Displaying a mastery of photography, artist Lorraine Field captures her images with scrupulous attention to detail. The result is the integration of culture and nature and an elegant fusion of social and aesthetic concerns.
Creator: John Little
Nominator: Susan MacAlpine Foshay
Made completely from stainless steel, Tectonic Shift is a musical sculpture that marries the craft of the blacksmith with the art of a musician. John Little has designed and constructed a unique and beautiful instrument, one which embodies a range of sounds that stretches the imagination and inspires new and innovative creation. The sound can invoke everything from an industrial-strength, high-tech cello to the songs of a humpback whale.