The Salt Spring
National Art Prize
2021/2022

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Mission Indian Day School

Thunder Bay, ON

Artwork Statement


I flew to Banff, and in those high mountain kilns, I fired this piece using my mother's black and white 1955 class photo, only to be able to destroy it in Toronto while reading the names of the children with each strike of the hammer, then eventually rebuild it in Thunder Bay. The frame uses period barn board and live edge cedar. I then used the art of Kintsugi to show the beauty in the broken.

Medium

Ceramic tile, kintsugi plywood, live edge cedar, framed

Size

29" x 38"

About the Artist


Michel Dumont is a queer Métis two-spirited disabled artist and survivor of intergenerational trauma stemming from Indian Day School. He currently resides in Thunder Bay. He enjoys breathing new life into the discarded vintage tile by making mosaic pieces. He also works in wearable art, using packing tape, mylar, cellophane, and LED lights. He currently has been exploring installation art. He's shown at Queer Landscapes and Queer Intersections at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto; the Queer and Peace Vernissage, Dawson College, Montreal; Art in Resilience, Paris, France; and Mirrored, Muu Art Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.