Heather Joy Chilvers
A work of garbage
When I think about “Our Land” the first thing that occurs to me is Landfills. How sad is that? As I’ve grown up I have been learning about the devastating effects of pollution and climate change on our planet.
We glorify consumerism, but rarely do we consider the consequences of a life of convenience. When we go into work every morning and need that coffee, when we order take-out after a long day because we deserve it. I wanted to glorify the impact of this lifestyle, to put it on a pedestal, to create artwork out of it. It is a composition that references the celebrated still-life compositions of Cezanne, but also of the great pyramids of Giza.
As a transit enthusiast, I spend a lot of my free time in and around transit and have a keen eye for what people would typically overlook on their commute. I want people to understand that transit is not just about getting people from one place to another, it’s a way of life for those who rely on it. It links people and their community, while also taking them to places they’ve never been. It’s how transit connects people to this land.