is the culmination of a five-month long residency project with
artist Tania Willard and Gallery Gachet. This public exhibition
features powerful original prints created by some of BC’s
most prolific young First Nations artists, mentored by Willard.
More than 40 Vancouver residents also participated in community
people are affected and effected by mental health in a number
of ways including depression, substance use, and the effects of
colonization and residential school. “Crazymaking is about
sharing our stories, the beauty, the anger, the confusion and
the protest of living in between worlds,” declares Willard.
is a visual journey through aboriginal experience, history and
healing of mental health issues. “Our stories and histories
reflect the Two Worlds that are in our Creation stories. In many
ways the stories our ancestors told shared a world where the real
and unreal, the animal and spiritual were united,” continues
Willard. “Today we live in a divided world, this work is
about understanding our worlds and trying to unite them once more,
using art as our psychology and healing as our science.”
project participants were also mentored at Malaspina Printmakers
on Granville Island to produce high-quality prints. The ‘Two
Worlds’ residency culminates with an exhibition at gallery
gachet in Feb.2007, and was made possible with assistance from
the Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver, Vancouver
Coastal Health, Redwire Native Youth Media, and private donations.