Gatineau (Aylmer), Québec
"Our Animal Spirits"
On February 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2012 I worked on a mural at D'Arcy McGee High School in Gatineau for the first time. I was pleased to be able to work with Dance/Art teacher Jessica Levman on this project. The theme was based on first nations art with an emphasis on their representation of animals, therefore the title of the video "Our Animal Spirits". The students had worked on a series of drawings prior to my arrival and had been successful in selecting a variety of options to be depicted on the wall. They worked hard and were able to express themselves in a personal way, which I think is the main goal for an artist whenever he or she is working from a very well known source of inspiration such as native art. The result is amazing as you can see in the video. Bravo to all the participants!!! Marcio Melo