Creator: Rita McKeough
Nominator: Susan McEachern
Halifax based audio, media installation and performance artist Rita McKeough has exhibited extensively in Canada since 1977 and has presented her work internationally.
She has taught at various art institutions throughout Canada and has been a drummer in various bands. McKeough has maintained a commitment to artist run centers, community based art and music initiatives.
She insists that she has been fortunate to have the support and assistance of her friends and community to produce her work.
Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, McKeough studied printmaking and sculpture at the University of Calgary where she received her BFA. She went on to study at the NSCAD University where she was awarded her MFA in 1979.
Jury Comments: This installation masterwork represents a sensitive blend of the rural and urban, a moment in time that stretches the senses and spans the deeply personal and regionally reflective.
It combines musical, sound, visual and historic elements and displays the diversity of the universal message of the sea; where land meets the sea.