Working on Water
The Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, 174 Elgin St., will host a conference on the relationship between water and visual art on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. What happens when we turn our attention to water? More specifically, what is it that drives artists who chose to make work on Sudbury’s waterways? At this very moment, Colette Laliberté is making an immersive wallwork at the GNO about the waterways in Greater Sudbury. And it’s not the first time that Sudbury’s waters are at the heart of an artistic project. In 2015, Emilio Portal and Elyse Portal created a sculptural installation inspired by Junction Creek and its place within the regional watershed. More recently, the artists behind the Beshaabiiganan exhibition used the imagery of waterways to evoke questions of traditional territory, treaty and Indigenous language. During a public discussion at the GNO, Laliberté, the Portals and Deanna Nebenionquit will share their thoughts on the role of water in their work and explore the question of art’s responsibilities to water. Admission is free and everyone welcome. There will be snacks. The conference should last about one hour.