This piece is called "13 Years". It was my final sculpture project for my first year at Emily Carr University 2010. It is made from a reclaimed chair, wood, wire and acrylic.
It takes a very close, and somewhat uncomfortable look at the Canadian residential school experience from the eyes of the aboriginal community. I believe that a lot of these issues have become conveniently "historical", allowing people to ignore the effects that still exisit today. I created this piece to stimulate dialogue, good and bad, and to bring awareness to this important part of our Canadian history.
|"13 Years" by Lance Cardinal|
|This seat cover was custom covered in velvet red. The hat is poster board.|
|The "stained glass"glass inserts are acryilic strips with painted leading and coloring.|
|These are custom made from old belts. The treatment on the wood is prairie white washed.|
|Moccasins are from the Bigstone Cree Nation in northern Alberta (Desmarais, My home town).|
|Here is the chair in the University of Emily Carr's Aboriginal art show, "Red", 2010|
Below are pictures of the process and models. Please enjoy!
|Here is the chair I found at a thrift store|
|Here I am removing all the old rattan weaved panels.|
|I added wood inserts to make the chair tall and menacing. It also gave it a throne look.|
|Here I am creating the arm and leg straps for the chair. I had to custom make some of the hardware.|
|I punched my own holes and had to hand stitch some of the edges.|
|I painted the inside of the straps with velvet red.|
|Here is the model unpainted. Notice the window unit which did not get created.|
|Model painted with props. This really helps understand the builld better.|
|The piece looks better with the right light. Its obvious in the model the window is not needed. This saved me time not making it.|
|Model with props. I did not add the bones in the final sculpture or the wall unit|