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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Call for Submissions: Solitude

An issue that looks at solitude—the quality or state of being alone or remote from society—through the lens of art and artistic practices in Mi’kma’ki, and how as a community of artists we continue to grow and move forward through creation in the context of isolation. It might be the solitude we sometimes undertake for...

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Weaponizing Precarity

An Interview With RM Vaughan

We were saddened to learn of RM Vaughan’s passing in October 2020. He was an author, playwright and artist, and beloved member of the LGBTQ2S+ community. We are grateful for his legacy and his tireless contributions to the arts in Atlantic Canada and beyond. The following piece appeared in the Labour issue of Visual Arts...

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WELCOMING OUR NEW PUBLISHER: ANNMARIE MACKINNON

TheVisual Arts News hiring committee selected AnnMarie MacKinnon who will begin her work as Publisher with the Spring 2021 issue. AnnMarie MacKinnon has worked in both magazine and book publishing for nearly two decades in a number of editorial and marketing positions, including for Geist, Edible Vancouver and Douglas & McIntyre. She has also worked as a freelance writer...

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Melissa Tremblett’s Reprise

Tremblett’s Reprise is deeply personal, as it weaves text, photography, beadwork, natural found materials, and textiles to connective tissues of ancestry. This illustrates the artist reconnecting to lost histories and refining her relationship to her identity and Innu heritage. It’s both powerful and vulnerable.

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POC Resilience & Resistance Brings Magic to the World

Wren Tian-Morris

Wren Tian-Morris is a trans Chinese Canadian artist, facilitator, and organizer. Their creative practice is interdisciplinary and explores themes of pleasure, queerness, and the diaspora. Raised in K’jipuktuk (Halifax), they frequently consider leaving, but are finding themselves rooted in “the little nooks and crannies of the city,” which speaks to the transient nature of this...

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Unsettling Settler Possession

In being invited to contribute to this issue of Visual Arts News on the theme of Change, we decided to put forward a conversation about how important it is for settler cultural workers to embrace and embody not knowing, in order to let go of and mourn attachments to the status quo—a status quo built...

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