Community (Guiding Principles Series)
by: Deanna Musgrave
Community is a circular painting celebrating the gold school colour of Maplehurst Middle School, which represents their devotion to practices that build a spirit of community. Throughout the piece are the school’s mascot (huskies) playing in the cloud-like forms as well as references to the school’s playground. - Deanna Musgrave
This piece is part of Deanna Musgrave's public art project, "Guiding Principles". In 2021-2022, "Guiding Principles" was commissioned by the Province of New Brunswick for Maplehurst Middle School as part of the Public Art Policy for New Brunswick.
To create the underpainting and cloud-like forms of her work, Musgrave applies a process she calls “watermarking” using significant objects, pigment and water to create marks on the canvas collected from the community. The school contributed objects that represented their story or the guiding principles of learning, community, wellness and diversity.