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'Welcome to Canada'.


Location: NE corner Broadway & Sherbrook; East Face

Occupant: Nine Circles Community Health Centre

District: West End

Neighbourhood: West Broadway

Artist(s): Ester Calixte-Bea

Year: 2021

Sponsors: Wall to Wall Mural & Culture Festival, Synonym Art Consultation, Graffiti Art Programming, West Broadway BIZ, Signex Manufacturing

 

Esther Calixte-Bea's 'Welcome to Canada' illustrates a black-indigenous woman with a unibrow and visible arm hair smoking a cigarette in a landscape. She is covered by detailed drapery with illustrations of maple leaves surrounded by crows and legless Canadian birds. The issue addressed in the painting is Canada's history of eraser of Black & Indigenous communities. It also addresses the lack of information and consideration of these groups as being part of Canadian history. The circle inside a square or squircle symbol, created by the artist, has many different meanings. It is used in Calixte-Bea's work to represent unity while simultaneously representing the feeling of being stuck, spinning in circles, controlled & being blind. The work welcomes the hidden face/s of Canada by putting them in the forefront and paints a peaceful scenery with hidden meanings & disruptions. (Source: Wall-to-Wall Mural and Culture Festival notes)