As visiting professors from Turkey, along with their daughter who has attended a St. Catharines public school, Canan Demir and her husband are participating at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. At a recent reception for the spring and summer sculpture session, I introduced myself and engaged in a lively conversation about the global environment, social, and political issues.
This morning Canan informed me about her installation at the front entrance to the school, and I came down to see an exhibit measuring about 20 feet by 10 feet and constructed with string and wool stretched and supported by thin wood sticks placed in the ground spaced uniformly around the perimeter. Lines criss-cross the structure in rectangular patterns with green and red wool areas garnishing each square.
Simple but sophisticated, unlimited by our attempts at language, this celebration of human and earth forms demonstrates how we are held together by threads of communication, culture, community and the physical and spiritual world in which we exist. A relatively intricate weave, it's a working model of civilisation confronting forces of growth, change and pollution. Its bending strength, dependability and vulnerability perhaps portray an ideal society or one in the works. Shaded areas of green and red link each other and the whole suggesting the importance of community and global responsibility where inevitably areas become broken, and all parts directly and indirectly suffer. The installation actively demonstrates that isolation and protectionism do not work in this structure. As communities, nations and individuals we are all affected directly and indirectly by what happens around us. Thank you, Canan, for giving us and this community such a timely and thoughtful illumination.