Melissa Kearney and Nelson MacDonald

Melissa Kearney and Nelson MacDonald

it is what it is
September 21, 22 + 23
St Patrick's Museum, 87 Esplanade

A visual depiction of the idiom, “it is what it is.” This much used phrase represents an attitude of reluctant acceptance and fatalism that allows Cape Bretoners to get on with their day to day in the face of never ending issues with unemployment, drug addiction, outmigration and a rapidly ageing population.

IT IS WHAT IT IS will be open to the public the following hours:
Thursday Sept 21, 9:00AM-4:00PM
Friday Sept 22, 12:00PM-5:00PM
Saturday Sept 23, 9:00AM-5:00PM and 7:00PM-midnight

This is the first in a series of Lumière Artist Incubator projects that supports the creation of new work by professional and emerging local artists. Hear the artists speak about their work Friday Sept 22, 6:00-8:00PM at St. Pat’s Museum, 87 Esplanade.
Melissa Kearney graduated from NSCADU in 2006 with a BFA in Fine Arts. Her body of work mainly consists of large paintings, both oil and acrylic, with a strong focus on symbolic imagery and gestural mark making. Since 2012, Kearney has been producing interdisciplinary bodies of work that address the complex questions around the conditions we are living in and who we live among that are specific to Cape Breton Island.

Nelson MacDonald is a New Waterford born filmmaker best known for producing acclaimed 2016 feature film, WEREWOLF. His latest work is an experimental documentary film shot on 16mm film called 'There Lived the Colliers', which documents the company houses built for Cape Breton coal miners and premiered at the 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival.
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