This event and all Masterworks activities take place in Mi’kma’ki, the the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship, which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources but recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. We are all treaty people.
Finalist Works & Creators
Lagomorph is a short story written by Alexander Macleod and published by Alexander Steeves of Gaspereau Press in an exquisite, hand-printed, hand-stitched, and hand-bound letterpress book in an edition of 80. About the relationship between a man and the family pet, a rabbit named Gunther, the book includes an original wood engraving by Wesley Bates and is wrapped in hand-printed kraft paper, presented like a precious gift.
Book Designer, Typographer, and Printer
Porøs is a sculptural installation exploring and celebrating the fundamental nature of clay and its relationship with the elements. Designed as a sort of hybrid-grotto, the work is a complex and multifaceted realization, which incorporates water, air, and chemical elements to create a library of living pieces demonstrating active geological and chemical processes. A truly avant-garde creation, Porøs is unique in the realm of sculpture for how it treats the natural porosity of clay not as a problem but as an artistic solution.
The Princess Show
The Princess Show is genre-bending theatrical work in a form that is equal parts stage play, drag show, and anime cartoon. Two live actors tell the story of Princess Edward and her beloved Abel in their quest to surmount depression and shame in a dystopian fantasy world. The play synthesizes multiple genres to form a cohesive work that is complex in delivery but ultimately simple and honest in its storytelling.
The Sirens' Calling
The Sirens’ Calling is a public sculpture installation depicting four archaic Greek figures sourced from standing archaic marble carvings. These known and existing carvings represent the four cardinal positions of the compass. In this sculpture the front of these life-size figures is reduced to a flat, two-dimensional surface made of mirror-polished stainless steel, with the backs still fully articulated in the archaic style.