A Possible CANADA

Amy Loewen

City Room West, #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Monday – Friday 7 am – 10 pm
Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday & Canada Day noon – 4 pm

The central message of A Possible CANADA is to evoke conversation about what a possible Canadian society could be, and our role in creating such a society. The images, patterning, and structure of the artwork hold the potential and the capability to facilitate dialogues on this quest. This exhibit consists of two components: the major artwork O’Canada Project and a public participation panel.

O’Canada Project is a large scale rice paper weaving installation composed of 4 panels (each measures 8 ft. height by 4 feet width), creating the image of a Canadian flag. The artist begins her work with the tactile process of transforming sheets of large rice paper into long weaving strips that are then delicately woven to form an integrated whole. On closer examination, one sees computer generated typography printed on the warps and wefts of the weavings. The words convey values that are vital to foster harmony and relationships: compassion, kindness, respect, understanding, patience, tolerance, gentleness and forgiveness. They are reverberated in over 35 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Cree, Hebrew, Icelandic, Inuit, Japanese, Latin, Sanskrit and more.

The public participation panel is a notice board displayed adjacent to O’Canada Project. Members of the public are invited to post their thoughts and visions for a possible Canada, with questions such as “What kind of Canadian society would you like to live in?” and “What could you do to ensure the Possible Canada for yourself and for the future generations?” Post-it notes of multiple colours are provided for the public to write or draw their ideas, resulting in a colourful community notice board that harvests the dreams and visions of Canadian citizens and that grows and evolves throughout the festival.

Biography

Amy Loewen received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and was inducted into the City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Arts & Culture Hall of Fame. Over the past two decades, Amy has dedicated her work to the promotion of peace and human understanding. Many of her works illustrate the integration of her Chinese heritage with western postmodernist art practices. Her large scale rice paper installation “A Peace Project” has been designated as a Cultural Property of Canada.

Amy is a cultural ambassador. She was Edmonton’s visual artist delegate to Chengdu, China in 2012 and to Wonju, South Korea in 2003. Between 2004 and 2011, she has conducted numerous art educational tours to Europe and China. Amy was the promotions co-ordinator to initiate a Contemporary Canadian Exhibition for 4 established Alberta artists to tour China in 2004. Amy has exhibited her work across Canada from Quebec to Yukon to B.C.; as well as to New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Melbourne.