Elaine Brewer- White was born is Saskatoon in 1961 and studied at Emily Carr University, she now resides in Vancouver. Known for her provocative personifications of real and imaginary people, her sculptures have been widely exhibited across North America and feature in a number of corporate collections and public art installations. In her latest series Elaine’s sense of humor and whimsy shines the spotlight on some of the great Canadians we are proud to represent our country both home and abroad!
In these strange times of worry and isolation I began reflecting on my country and which people have helped shape my Canadian life.
This show is a small collection of past and current Canadians who have helped define Canada as the remarkable country it is. Scientists, naturalists, politicians, writers, actors, astronauts, painters, musicians, these people have all contributed in some way to make our country a better place.
Emily Carr showed me to look inside and beyond when creating, Margaret Atwood helped me to love story-telling, David Suzuki taught me to champion the environment, Chris Hadfield helped me to look up to the sky in wonder, KD Lang showed me the awesomeness of the human voice, Oscar Peterson gave me a reason to stick with my piano lessons, Ryan Reynolds showed me how humor and social activism go together, Gord Downie thrilled me with his song- writing and taught me about grace and courage. A Mountie, a beaver and some Canada geese somehow always make me proud, Pierre and Justin Trudeau demonstrate how hard it is to steer this country through troubled waters, Dr. Bonnie Henry taught me empathy, humility and calm when facing great unknowns, and Michael Buble a singer of jazz and a joyful soul remind me that it is still a wonderful world.
This small series was created in 3 months. There are so many more remarkable Canadians I would like to portray. I plan to expand on this collection of Icons as well as lesser known Canadians.
Oh Canada – we stand on guard for thee – and each other!
Catch the exhibition daily during opening hours at West End Gallery (on until September 24)!