Life in Silos

Art, Work, and Motherhood

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents around the world—in particular mothers—have faced the conundrum of working from home while simultaneously providing comfort, care, and distraction for their children. The illusion that work is work and home is home, bred from decades of capitalism, seemed to dissipate. For many, the lockdowns over the past...

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Silver Linings

Karen Stentaford on Process and Placehood

Karen Stentaford has a long-standing preoccupation with place, geography, and belonging. Often the nature of Stentaford’s work requires her to spend long periods of time alone, enveloped by the landscape she is photographing. In some images—particularly in her Island series—the solitude is visceral. However, this quietude is not to be coerced into an extension of...

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Brandon Hoax’s Desire for Solitude

Trickster child Brandon Hoax, son of a Stonecoat mother and Dullahan father, summarizes their work using the following visual descriptors: being alone at a party, standing in a parking garage listening to the hum of a fluorescent bulb, and staying up late waiting for you to message me. Undoubtedly, aloneness is intricately woven into Hoax’s...

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Call for Submissions: Connection

Upcoming: an issue that looks at connection through the lens of art and artistic practices in Mi’kma’ki. How do we connect through the arts? What is the process by which artists create relationship, and foster interrelatedness and possible links. Connection may be a form of kinship, a sharing of origins, or the characteristics of family...

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Call for Submissions: Resilience

Upcoming: an issue that looks at resilience—the capacity to adapt and recover from difficulties —through the lens of art and artistic practices in Mi’kma’ki. How do we, as a community of artists, cultivate tenacity, flexibility or elasticity. We might consider resilience as a process of springing back from tragedy, or recovering from trauma, or as...

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Food, Sustenance & Queerness

Francesca Ekwuyasi’s Butter Honey Pig Bread stunningly explores the complex relationship between mothers and daughters, as it reconciles queerness with faith and offers the ingredients of spirituality, family ties, and intergenerational trauma to create a debut novel like no other. Born in Nigeria, Ekwuyasi moved to Halifax for graduate school, but writing has always been...

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Drawing Motherhood’s Realities

Postpartum, Breastfeeding, & Childrearing

I met visual artist Julia Hutt on the children’s floor of the Alderney Gate Public Library just before the second wave of COVID-19 lockdowns in Fall 2020. It was eerily quiet. All of the toys and board books had been removed, and the library’s programming was cancelled. I brought my seven-month-old son with me, who...

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Sustenance

A Call to Action

By Carrie Allison Sustenance for our bodies, lands, and spirits are inherently interconnected in Indigenous teachings, language, ceremony, art, and contemporary ways of being. Sustenance is often cyclical and reciprocal; it asks for nothing but trusts that we won’t take too much. It is through creating that I gain sustenance, through my work as an...

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Barbara Pratt: Cake

"I realized that, for the first time, there would be no cake. It was a hard day. It made me realize that baking a cake was, for my mother, an act of love."

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Reaching Backward, Projecting Us Forward: My Cousin’s Cousin

Reflections of neon Beothuk pendants, electric colours, and textures coalesce into the dark, marbled concrete floor of Eastern Edge Gallery. The energy of the artwork in My Cousin’s Cousin cannot be contained to just the walls of the gallery—it activates all surfaces. This exhibition highlighting the interrelatedness between all beings was created as part of...

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