This 2015 Canadian election.
I don’t want to know how many hours I’ve spent online trying to write through and responding to ‘stick with the brand’ thinking, or the conversations that possibly should have been more focused on personal issues.
At the beginning of each day I tear myself from Guardian articles and online debates about the pros and cons of strategic voting and move on to more immediate and practical things, like building the integrity and health of my meagre artist’s income: details about rehearsals and performances, venues and instruments, music part distribution, class schedules and coaching in schools, cello practise and pedagogical research about teaching; the development of a new art course about Line, Light and Colour in time for folks to make Christmas gifts; the development and manifestation of new functional art for the November Studio Tour; at home, gathering up fall bounty and cooking/freezing soups, stews, stock for the winter, putting Summer into the back shed…
To not attend to these things would be to exhibit a total lack of self respect. But I’m aware that the current reward at the end of each day is permission to engage wholeheartedly in the process of this election, which grows more and more like a comic book each day.
The personal is political. In this 2015 National Election Canada struggles to reclaim, rebuild and then manifest our Self Respect, while the world watches.
I fully intended to use these days in my studio to work on the #Water project, but this election has changed my mind.
The Massie Hall #Water show has been postponed until April 2016, when the ice cracks and the streams flow again after our long long freeze.
Instead of a Massie Hall show in November, I’m opening my studio to show new work, inspired by the election, by Canada, the state of the world, and by Leonard Cohen. That will be on November 28, we’re thinking (several artists will be involved), and you’ll hear more details from me soon.
I’m alarmed that we have come to this, in Canada, in my beautiful riding of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. I want to be represented regionally by a states-woman, who can articulate my concern to Ottawa, about Truth and Reconciliation with First Nations people, about the toxic distortion of human governance that is Bill C-51, about climate change and the development of clean energy sources, about access to our own locally grown food, about poverty and dignity and full support for the arts in this country. Our Beloved CBC under threat via TPP. Our Beloved lakes, streams and waterways sold to China through FIPA.
I’m painting ships bells that call all hands on deck. They will be hung at The Bean Cellar in Owen Sound the week after my studio tour, on December 4. I’ll be posting them here in process until then.
Please Canada. Election day is tomorrow.
Please vote for Self-Respect.