JUL 1, 2016 Peace Weave
Collaboration with Art 2PG3 Students at McMaster University.
Perhaps the act of compositing and layering is a performance by which the relative dissonances and harmonies of many voices work themselves out aesthetically. If so, the PeaceWeave that we may begin to collage together is one in which we each embolden each other to be more fully ourselves. The collaborative threads woven into this work commemorate Perspectives on Peace, a year of sustained engagement and discussion around the complexities of peace-building and conflict resolution. A painterly geography, orchestrated by students in Art 2PG3 is here infused with photographic and handwritten elements contributed by participants during interactive events throughout the initiative. Panoramic landscapes – adapted from a visually augmented performance by the McMaster University Choir – supply a sonorous textural ground. These elements and activities have oriented us towards reconciliation: a hope often pregnant with paradox. Neither colour nor composition can capture it. But latent in the best light of our shared imagination, lives an invitation to continue listening deeply to our vital diversities, and to persist in the process of peace.