by: Deanna Musgrave
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. This represents a government investment of $50,000. The pieces included in the project are now part of collectionArtNB.
The series of artworks is inspired by Maplehurst Middle School’s focus on building a healthy community. The series includes a large mural entitled "Diversity" in the cafeteria, three circular paintings titled "Wellness", "Community", and "Learning", and three lit globes titled "Guiding Lights".
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.