114 cm x 107 cm
Ink and Acrylic on Mulberry Paper
About the Piece
Water was created by local Saskatoon artist, Cheryl Buckmaster. The piece was inspired by the topics, conversations, and science presented at the Prairie Water 3rd Annual Partners Meeting in early 2020. At the meeting, Elder Roland Duquette provided teachings related to water and its life-supporting nature. With permissions granted from Elder Duquette to portray some of his teachings, these words influenced the artist's approach and messages contained within the piece.
The imagery of Water speaks to the interconnectedness of water and our shared responsibility in protecting it. Symbols and vignettes are displayed on semi-translucent paper, suspended by a piece of driftwood. The depiction evokes the interdependence of humans and the ecosystems they are a part of, as well as the fragility of this relationship and of water itself.
At the heart of the piece is a call to action for collaboration in our approach to water management. We encourage you to generate your own reflections on the piece and the messages it portrays. The appended statement by the artist outlines the meaning of specific symbols as well as their contact information if you wish to provide comments.
Water is currently hosted at the National Hydrology Research Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.