Friday, 24 May 2013

Fort Simpson #NWT #Artist Nathalie Lavoie Awarded Prestigious Governor General Gold Medal

Fort Simpson NWT Artist Nathalie Lavoie Awarded Prestigious Governor General Gold Medal

VANCOUVER AND FORT SIMPSON, May 22, 2013 / Every year, a number of awards and prizes are offered to graduating Emily Carr University of Art and Design students. This year, Nathalie Lavoie received the Governor General Gold Medal for her academic achievement while enrolled in the Master of Applied Arts. The award was presented to Lavoie during the convocation ceremony at the Chan Centre in Vancouver. Unable to attend due to her remote location, a projected video of the artist walking in two-feet deep snow replaced the traditional graduation walk.

The Governor General's Academic Medal was first awarded in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin, and has since become one of the most prestigious awards that a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive. The governor general of Canada continues this tradition of encouraging scholarship across the nation and recognizing outstanding students. The gold medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest academic standing at the graduate level.

Along with other Emily Carr University graduating student award winners, Lavoie's work will be exhibited at Winsor Gallery in Vancouver from June 27th to July 14th. For the occasion, she will display a series of photographs documenting winter installations on the Mackenzie River.

About the artist

Nathalie Lavoie is based in Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, and is most known for her intricate ice installations set in public space or in abandoned buildings. Although her early work is characterized by material and metaphorical considerations of ice as a medium, more recent projects tackle issues related to creating at a specific site through historical, ethical, economic, scientific, and/or relational investigation. In the past few years, such research has materialized in a variety of forms: ice installations based on careful observation of movement – plant, animal, human - around a partly abandoned building (Overlapping Fields of Informal Authorities, Kronshtadt, Russia), the meaning of a work transformed by its relocation (A Temporary Redirection of the Mackenzie River Westward Into the Pacific Ocean, Fort Simpson and Vancouver), a self-initiated residency on the Mackenzie River shore in winter (Cold Field Lab 2012), and exchanges of home-baked sourdough bread for other ephemeral goods with Yellowknifers (Sourdough Bread Project).

Her work has been shown nationally in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Yellowknife, as well as abroad in Ireland, Russia, and Norway. Recent work is currently on display in the group exhibition Aurora Boreawesomer at Gallery 101 in Ottawa until June 8th.

Contact Information:

Nathalie Lavoie

Email: nataluq AT gmail DOT com


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