The Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery is looking for objects from the local community to pass on to artist Deanna Musgrave to use in the paintings she is making for the Carleton North High School library.
The first stage of Deanna Musgrave’s painting process (watermarking) is created through evaporation and water. “I place objects onto a canvas and use water and pigment to create a trace image of the object on the canvas. Once dry, the objects are later removed, leaving ghost-like imprints that echo the object that was originally placed on the canvas” explains Musgrave. She has previously included writing tools such as pencils or quills, devices used to store information such as CDs, floppy disks, hard drives, and mini DVD tapes as well as keyboards, a mouse and a cell phone. “So far I have collected a saw blade,a wrench, a feather,a little box and other personal and interesting things” says Deanna. “I see this process as a way to physically capture stories from the community directly into the artwork and I am hoping for a large and meaningful collection of objects to work with for the Carleton North High School commission”.
Deanna cautions that the objects will not be returned and asks individuals to send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide her with the background story and significance of the donated object. She also welcomes stories about Florenceville-Bristol and Carleton County that will help her build a picture of the community and inform her painting.
Objects should be dropped off at the Gallery at 8 McCain Street, below the library in the month of April and the sooner the better!