Photo by Emily Rose Michaud
Artist(s): Emily Rose Michaud

Cellular to Stellar

Completed: September 2020

From Cellular to Stellar, 4’x16′, Masham, Qc. 2020.

Designed and created by Emily Rose Michaud as a part of a project for Culture Days called ‘Up Close or Nearby’.

When words are not enough; listen, observe and share from your heart.

Covid-19 affected our lives as individuals and as a community. Even in safe spaces, elements of fear infused our dialogue. For some, the realities have been hard and even unimaginable. For others, the shifts have been small, and yet deeply uprooting.

As we navigated the challenges and opportunities of this unique moment in our history, artists came together to find ways to inspire, engage and reflect the collective voices that shine through our solitude. “Up Close or Nearby” was an arts-based, trans-disciplinary and participatory research project in Western Quebec that used artistic and social practices to invite members of the public to reflect on the effects of Covid on their lives and to report on the collective findings of this individual reflection.

A series of murals were made to ask questions about our experience: Emily Rose Michaud’s mural was installed at Sainte-Cécile de Masham’s Elementary School. The mural provoked reflection on a series of questions to which the public was invited to respond. Two science and health professionals – a data scientist and a health advisor on COVID – developed the questions. A QR code displayed on the murals then directed the public to a web platform with the questions to solicit answers.

#presouproche, #upcloseornearby

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Where to Find This Mural

Location: 3 Route Principale Ouest, Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham, Québec J0X 2W0, Canada Get Directions