MacEwan University Faculty: Leslie Sharpe Course:ARTE 240: Drawing IV – Drawing in the Expanded Field[Dessin IV : Dessin dans le champ élargi]
Fine art students drew in an expanded field using traditional media along with snow, ice, air, and land as material and substrate. They held three exhibitions: winter performances and June installations at Elk Island National Park and performances and a June/July exhibition at The Works festival in Edmonton. They researched at local archives; visited Elk Island National Park (including the bison facility); heard lectures on the impact of the fur trade on people, animals, and the environment; and had classroom visits from Papaschase First Nation Chief Calvin Bruneau, curator Natalia Lebedinskaia, artist Michael Belmore, and Parks Canada staff.
Completed works reflected students’ learning about colonialism and environment and their expanded understanding of 150-plus years of Canadian history. Jillian Barker’s red ring in the snow responded to the disease that came with the expanding fur trade, Kiona Ligtvoet created a memorial to missing and murdered Indigenous women in Alberta whose cases are still unsolved, and Amanda Chwelos questioned the “transparency” of how we view Canadian history. Eric Almberg responded to bison behaviours, and Heather Ferroux and Bailey MacPhee created a work on Lake Astotin that continuously drew and erased Elk Island’s borders for species protection.
Student Artists: Eric Almberg, Edwin Aquino, Jillian Barker, Breanna Christensen, Amanda Chwelos, Elyse Colville, Heather Ferroux, Natasha Grenke, Ashley Herrington, Kiona Ligtvoet, Barbara Anne MacKintosh, Bailey MacPhee, Veronika McGinnis, Stephanie Wilson