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Place of Healing gathers the work of ACWR’s Vanguard Youth Arts Collective members to explore the process of healing. These works contemplate the harmful effects of the pandemic and the struggles faced in the individual lives of the artists. Each artist was given a 10” x 10” wood panel and prompted to create what they felt they needed from the process. The diverse concepts are representative of unique experiences and needs not only as artists but as human beings. The exhibition invites the Windsor-Essex community to find their pathways to healing alongside the work as we continue to navigate this journey, using art as a tool of restoration and connection.
Alexei Ungurenasu – My artwork, titled after the exhibition itself, aims to map out places of healing through words and landscape. Since each person has their own understanding of a place of healing, I chose the words that I hope best reflect where people may find their place of healing, either now or in the future.
Gabriella Howes – Small glimpses of light and colour seen from my window, the moment I wake up.
Julia Adams – “Nonna’s Garden” illustrates a place where I find peace. My Nonna and I used to spend a lot of time together in her garden and when I lost her a couple years ago, it was a very challenging time for me. Since then I found that gardening has become a form of self-care, which helps me feel closer to my special angel in heaven.
Kaylyn Pickering –
Kristina Bradt – My place of healing is found within my connection to music. Whenever there is a lot going on in my life to the point that it feels like I can’t see straight, the one thing that gives me comfort is driving on my own with the music turned up. ‘You Can Get It.” is named after the newly released Arkells single about finding energy and momentum within yourself, and for me I can recharge that energy and get myself back on track by blasting the tune through the speakers of my 2008 Chevy Uplander.
Meaghan Sweeney – “Taking My Time” is a reminder to myself to “stop and smell the roses” from time to time. I often get caught up with problem-solving and constantly working toward goals, which throws me off balance. The work is an homage to my pets and nature, which comforts me through grief, the pandemic, and mental health challenges.
Mialynn Lee-Daigle – My body has been my placeholder for pain and sadness; it is also my place of healing and energy. It must be nourished, it needs time to rest, it needs water and locomotion. My soul and mind then follows the body as a guide.
Sandra Jabbour – This piece is inspired by the comfort I felt watching back old home VHS movies from my childhood during quarantine. Reliving a simpler time during the chaos and anxiety COVID 19 brought into my life was truly my place of healing. My free time became a time to reflect and heal.
Check out the window installation exhibit available for viewing 24/7 at Artspeak Gallery from June 6th – June 19th
Learn more about Vanguard Youth Arts Collective Here!
June 6, 2021 - June 19, 2021
1942 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor, ON N8Y 1E4 Canada