Winner and Finalists

Breathing Under Water – Glynis Humphrey

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Breathing Under Water – Glynis Humphrey

Winner of the 2007 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award

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.                   

Alma – Georgette Leblanc

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Alma – Georgette Leblanc

2007 Finalist

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.

I’ll Sing in the Sunshine (CICADA) – Elizabeth Goluch

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I’ll Sing in the Sunshine (CICADA) – Elizabeth Goluch

2007 Finalist

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.

Illuminated Petragraphs – Lorraine Field

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Illuminated Petragraphs – Lorraine Field

2007 Finalist

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.

Tectonic Shift – John Little

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Tectonic Shift – John Little

2007 Finalist

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.