The McMichael Creative Learning team collaborated closely with artist Rajni Perera to create a new Signature Studio: Envisioning Environmental Futures. One of Canada’s most promising contemporary multimedia artists, Perera is known for innovative experimentation with mediums as varied as painting, sculpture, and photography to express her vision of imagined futures in which mutated subjects survive within dystopian realms created by the collapse of social, political, and environmental structures.
Environmental causes are particularly close to the artist’s heart, and she believes that creativity and innovation are necessary to change peoples’ behaviors and attitudes when it comes to environmentalism. While celebrating cultural hybridity and inclusivity, this mixed media studio encourages students to collaborate with their peers and creatively use their imagination to find practical and/or magical solutions to the current environmental crisis that would secure a brighter future for their generation.
The works produced by participants are inspirational and thought-provoking. In the virtual exhibition below, the McMichael is pleased to present a selection of works by students of this exciting program.