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Leaving Deep Water

Fri Nov 30, 2007 00:00


In “The Site of Memory,” an essay written by the African American writer Toni Morrison, water, as “flooding,” is linked to the flow of cultural memory contained by images or pictures. Viscerally, water is also considered a purifier in most religions around the world, and is often believed to have spiritual powers. Colourless, tasteless and odourless, this essential substance of all forms of life is both an economic commodity and the source of many sociopolitical contentions throughout historical ages. To explore the expansive metaphorical nature of water, Galerie SAW Gallery invites submissions from artists in Canada and the US, emerging or established, and from culturally diverse communities.

The submitted works must demonstrate a strong intention in exploring the nature of water as a metaphorical element, a medium, a material, a site, or combination thereof. Works in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, mixed media, installation, media art and Internet-based art will be considered. Proposals from performance artists are also welcome. The exhibition is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2008. All selected artists will receive an exhibition fee.

Please include: up to 10 images of your work (digital files, slides or prints), an image list, a CV (max. 3 pages), an artist statement (max. 300 words) and a self-addressed stamped envelope (if applicable). Please do not send original artwork. Submissions can be sent through regular mail or electronically. For digital images, please submit jpg files only, at a resolution of 72 dpi and 500 KB maximum. Title each file (image) with a number, your initials, the year and title of your work (for example: 01MN2007LeavingWater.jpg

Please send submissions to:

Minh Nguyen, Curatorial Resident
Galerie SAW Gallery
67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa ON
Canada K1N 7B9

For more information on Galerie SAW Gallery, please consult our website

This project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.