Carmel A. Whittle
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“Breaking Through To The Sun” 4 x 4 on oak panel board
I am so honoured that my painting was chosen by Carleton University Student Mental Health Advisory Committee 2016 Carleton University Friendship Bench.
The upward motion of the whale pushing through the weight of gravity and reaching to the sky represents the struggles faced by those with mental health issues. The bright yellow sun breaking through symbolizes the power of light inside all of us. The whale represents the human spirit rising through a great weight and the sun breaking through symbolizes support and care.
Below the original: “Breaking Through To The Sun”
Carmel Whittle is an accomplished Irish, Mik’maq visual artist, musician and song writer, educator and Independent filmmaker hailing from Newfoundland – a province whose harsh beauty and strong people have moulded her into an artist with a deep understanding of the struggle that Indigenous people in this country are going through.
2019 co-directed with Howard Adler a documentary talk show 1 Contrary
5 Agokwe-nini please contact Carmel regarding screening. The film will
be screened in Toronto Inside Out Festival 2019, we are honoured to share this important film more information about the film. We are grateful for the support of Gallery 101, Ottawa Public Library, Centretown Community Centre Ottawa.
1 Contrary 5 Agokwe-nini
In Anishinaabemowin (the Ojibwe language), the world is structured around the animacy of the universe – animate/inanimate, or in simpler terms living/dead – it is not structured around gender – masculine/feminine, him/her – such as many European languages. Thus in the Ojibwe worldview, it can be said that we’re less concerned with one’s gender and more focused on living a good life. In Anishinaabemowin, there are words that were traditionally used to describe people who chose to dress and live as a woman or a man, regardless of the gender they were born into. They took on the gender-roles they felt most comfortable in and this was normal and socially accepted in traditional Anishinaabeg communities. If someone was assigned female at birth, but later in life chose to take on the gender-roles of a man, they were called Agokwe-Nini, which literally translates as ‘wise-woman-man’. Another word is Ogichidaakwe (Warrior woman), which was also used to describe someone that was born female but chose to take on the gender-roles of a man. The film “1 Contrary 5 Agokwe-Nini” is a talk-show style documentary film hosted by the one and only ‘contrary’ Alik Beavers (aka Sharp Dopler), and features 5 Agokwe-nini guest speakers: Ashley Grenstone, Benny Michaud, Theo Paradise-Ottawa, Kole Peplinski and Carmel Whittle.
Meet the crew:
2016 Glowfair Festival art on the street honouring Orlando GLBT2 lives