Ineffable – Eastwood Collegiate
Featuring Eastwood Collegiate Institute IAP Students
Each year HWHG selects one graduating class to create and curate an exhibition of their personal works. This year HWHG is proud to announce the upcoming Open Gallery Exhibition: Ineffable by Eastwood Collegiate Institute.
On behalf of the 2020-2021 Senior Art Class of Eastwood Collegiate Institute, I am pleased to present their self-directed exhibition, Ineffable. Ineffable is defined as “too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words”. The times we are in are ineffable, as we are living through a global pandemic while witnessing social unrest, natural disasters, and a world full of fear. This young group of artists is sharing with you their experience navigating a time like no other.
Their grade 11 art class was suddenly shortened in March as we went into lockdown and moved to an on-line distance emergency learning platform. They did not have the advantage of the studio, the materials, or the collaborative nature of the art room to lean into. They were isolated and virtual while struggling with their own emotions. In the fall we were welcomed back into a school which looked very different. Health and safety protocols, no after school activities or open studios, and a very condensed in-class of eleven full day classes and eleven at-home classes. No sharing of resources and little collaboration meant a very different learning environment. But, these young artists are resilient. They jumped at the opportunity to exhibit in this show and are forever grateful to the HWH&G for allowing the exhibition to go on. Although they had to release the opportunity to hang the show themselves, they did spend many hours in google meet break-out rooms trying to curate the walls to still have a hand in the placement of works in the gallery.
Their images reflect a looking inward and the discomfort of what the future may or may not hold. Images of germs and repulsion exist alongside the sweet faces of their pets which give them comfort. Escapism from the everyday can be found in fantasy and abstract images, bold colour and texture, and experimenting with new media. This show will feature some of their best works from the past year and their final pieces as high school art students before entering post-secondary studies, most likely from a distance, in the fall.
I wish each of these young artists the strength to weather the unknown, the power to speak boldly and the courage to create. I challenge them to commit to their making, whatever path they may take, and to allow the beautiful process of creation to continue to unfold in their lives. I would like to thank my class for allowing me to guide them, be that in class or at home, it has been an honour and a privilege.