What makes you feel at home? A collaborative artwork from TEDxHEC.

My goal was to juxtapose the participants’ responses – things like family, warmth, food, and feelings of acceptance – with the stark reality of many First Nations children throughout history and today, especially those who were forced into Canadian residential schools up until the mid-1990’s.

The 2-minute video shows the journey of the artwork from blank canvas to colourful painting.
Special thanks to Helene Vallieres-Goulet, Tristan Billet and the entire TEDxHEC team for letting me present on stage twice. This is an artwork that I’m very proud of; I think it allows different access points for viewers who can appreciate the social message, the technical or skillful aspect of the work, and the thought-provoking presentation of “home” in the context of First Nations peoples and Canadian immigrants.