This is a collaborative installation with painter Natalie Plociennik, focusing on how COVID has made us recognize what is truly important in our lives.
Mount Pleasant Village’s support, kindness and love has been outstanding throughout the
We witnessed you watching out for one another, despite the social distances.
We miss your vibrant and diverse energy, so we represent you as brightly as we remember. We yearn for our renewing connection to mother earth, so we adorn your circles with spirited seaside gems.
Celebration” was created in collaboration with residents, families and staff of Lakeside Long Term Care Centre and students from Centennial College to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the home. The olive tree shows the resiliency and diverse strengths of the people of Lakeside.This mural celebrates the artist in everyone, no matter their age or previous experience. You can make art wherever you are!
– Mehtap Mertdogan, CL Fisher & Kai Hart
I cannot tell you how excited I was when CASSA (Council of Agencies Serving South Asians) asked me to design and manage a community project that challenged racism and discrimination through art. I was pleasantly surprised when they asked me to produce this with scrabble tiles. However, I didn’t think that that wood would be more difficult to work than with than glass. That’s why I love mosaics the most, when interpreting an idea, its process is flexible and often full of surprises.For this project, I started with inspiring quote “There’s nothing out there, everything is in within”. Even though the design I made at the beginning was constant, the materials we used were so varied and colored with the suggestions of the volunteer participants. Scrabble tiles symbolize a positive environment while the background represented Canada’s vertical mosaic structure, while the various colors of wood show our cultural and personal differences. The figure in the foreground represents the transformation of the individual in this affirmative environment. Mirrors sometimes became a symbol of our inner conflicts, sometimes childhood wounds, sometimes from our ancestors and while healing with an encouraging environment without losing its essence.()