Senior student Aillen Rendal has been chosen to represent the school for our visual arts submission to the Marion Drysdale Award. The theme of this year’s award was “Ahead by a Century.” Students were encouraged to design paintings challenging the notion of technology as the only vision of progress.
Students worked for several days with contemporary watercolourist Tristram Lansdowne to develop their skills in watercolour painting prior to beginning the project.
Aillen’s work pays tribute to the missing and murdered Indiginous women, and the silencing of Indiginous peoples in their fight for the preservation of the environment and their culture.
The decision to choose Aillen’s work was a difficult one. The close runner-up was Shiane Slack-Phillip’s work. Here, she challenges the “audacity” of the United States for claiming the moon with their flag. Her alternate world superpower chooses a flag of inclusion and acceptance.