Sunday Evening Reflection: Art is Our Story

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” Auguste Rodin

We are now entering the fourth month of Covid19 solitude, which has pushed us to find new ways of connecting, learning and working. Our daily routines have changed to accommodate a more structured and solitary existence. We recognize that change is inevitable, but the speed in which new protocols have been established has been astonishing. Even our words have increased.

Merriam Webster Dictionary lists the new words that have come into play since the emergence of Covid19: social distancing and self-quarantine to patient zero and super-spreader, just to name a few.

What remained constant throughout these past months, is our determination to thrive, to grow and to use our creativity as a conduit to generate hope and build resilience. Art is our story, reminding us of possibilities, new ways of thinking, and experiencing.

This past week, I walked passed the Canada Line Olympic Village Station and viewed the Capture Canada Line Public Art Project 2020. Created by emerging photographers, I felt their exuberance for life and expectation for the future in their photo captures.

Join me in a visual tour of the mural presentation and listen to the words, “we can weather any storm.”

2020 construct: past, present and future visions

By Slater Biln, Avi Maru, Evan Muir, Sam Tortell, and Matisse Wenban were led by Artists Kristen Roos and Leah Perry

“2020 construct: past, present and future visions is an installation of works by Arts Umbrella Teen Intensive photography students exploring contrasting areas of Vancouver. These emerging photographers created these works on photo walks, representing both the past and present state of the city where the future was not so far away from the images captured. Their future visions emerged through experiments in digital and physical manipulation in the studio. The installation features photographs created by a class of photography students ages thirteen to nineteen during the summer session at Arts Umbrella.”

Capture Canada Line Public Art Project 2020 – Olympic Village Station.

25 Comments Add yours

  1. Your video is the perfect melding of music and images. The choice of song was inspired.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I really enjoy Epidemic Sound, which is where the music originated. As a ‘creator’ I am able to use the music royalty free. I loved that song – it reminded me of Simon & Garfunkel and the early 70’s.

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      1. Thanks for the tip! I’ll check out Epidemic Sound.

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      2. Clanmother says:

        Let me know what you think!!!

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  2. Ms Frances says:

    This is extraordinary,, more so because this was created by young Artists! ! Good for them–art so well done! They have captured the important story of 2020!
    I found it interesting, as well, that we now have additions to our dictionary! All because of our present virus and its complications.
    Thank you for your video, I loved the music, too.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am delighted that you enjoyed this post, Frances. I agree – these young artists did capture the story of 2020. Arts Umbrella is a wonderful place for children and young people to explore creativity from photography to painting, to theatre, to dance, to digital films. It builds resilience and an understanding that artistic endeavour is in everything we do. I have the best memories of Thomas at Arts Umbrella.

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  3. cindy knoke says:

    Beautiful. Reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Funny you should mention that amazing duo! I was thinking the same thing! Hugs!

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  4. Dave Astor says:

    Thank you, Rebecca, for this look at these talented teen photographers — and your eloquent words about them and today’s times. Plus the perfect quote for the occasion (Rodin’s)!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am so encouraged by young people. They are passionate, determined and focused. They bring all of their creativity and hard work ethic to the table. I know that we are leaving the “world” in good hands. This is their time to take their place on the world stage. I enjoy applauding from the sidelines and cheering them on….

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  5. I did think Simon and Garfunkel when I heard the music, down to the build of the backing. And I see someone else did too. It is lovely and a perfect match for your words and images. A timely reminder that as humans we are constant. xxx

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    1. Clanmother says:

      How very well said, Shehanne! We can weather any storm when we walk with kindred spirits. Thank you for your storytelling. More than ever, we need to hold fast to our stories, to create compassionate communities that foster hope and build resilience. Many hugs coming your way.

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      1. And returning to you too xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  6. Jean-Jacques says:

    Terrific reflection… Art is our story, and beautifully presented with indeed talented contributions. love the music, but possibly due to my youthful wayward ways, I hear the sound closer to that of “Puff the magic dragon, by Peter Paul and Mary, but either one the sound is great.
    As usual, well done Rebecca!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I love that song and played it over and over again during those late 1960’s and 1970’s, along with “Leaving on the Jet Plane” Ah, memories of those days of travel do come back from time to time. Art, poetry, music are a source of great comfort during difficult and uncertain times. Thank you for sharing your gift of poetry, Jean-Jacques.

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  7. Resa says:

    Great reflection, Rebecca! It’s wonderful photo art put into mural form, and you captured it excellently. The music is really lilting, perfect for the video.
    So now I know about a music artist I didn’t know about before. It makes me think of a touch that Simon and Garfunkel had. Thank you for this!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you so much for joining me, Resa. You were the one who prompted me to look at street art, murals and public art. It tells the story of a city and the people who live there. I especially appreciated these murals because they were created by young people. It shows that our city values the contribution of its youth, the emerging artists who will continue to explore their creative spirit in whatever career they choose. Sending hugs across Canada!

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      1. Resa says:

        Catching the hugs in Toronto!!!

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  8. The most unfortunate group of words Webster has ever needed to add…
    Thanks for this virtual outing, Rebecca. Art is more important than ever. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      So glad you joined me, Teagan – I enjoy our conversations and love following your blog posts. Just started “Fiona Finch and the Pink Valentine”. Thank you for introducing me to Steampunk. Exciting! Sending hugs back with all speed.

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      1. Rebecca, I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying the stories. Fiona is light on the steampunk, but those characters got in my head when I decided to do a Valentine’s story. There’s a little more “punk” in The Delta Pearl. The most was in “Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers,” but I’m holding back on “bookizing” that for a while. Anyhow, have a beautiful weekend.

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  9. Mary Jo Malo says:

    Your love of urban art is contagious, Rebecca! Your appreciation for creativity and community is inspiring, especially during this time, as you say. The juxtapositions are always my favorites, and this teen project is perfect. The future belongs to them 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I was just speaking with Frances tonight about the idea of milestones. Of course we recognize birthdays, graduations, marriages etc, but there are many other milestones that come our way that are more subtle. How do we recognize these moments? One such moment is embedded in your thought, “The future belongs to them.” I am celebrating that we are passing the baton to a new generation who will be the decision-makers – I know they will be remarkable. I like applauding from the sidelines, remembering, with gratitude, when I was young and life seemed to go on forever.

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  10. Liz says:

    I love your Sunday reflection posts, which I get to enjoy on a Monday morning and for the rest of the week! I have just re-played your video – that soundtrack is just wonderful. 💜

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Looking back over the years, my highest level of anxiety was Sunday evening. When I was in school, I worried Sunday night where I would have time finish assignments and prepare for exams. When I started work, I thought about those Monday mornings, new responsibilities etc. I thought I was alone, but surprise, surprise, this is a general feeling. It’s called the Sunday Evening “Scaries.” I often think of the famous saying on Downton Abbey – weekend!! : https://youtu.be/0BatimqGqvs Here’s to many great weekends and Sunday evenings.

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