Elmwood High School, Allison Moore and Leah Fontaine

Allison Moore and Leah Fontaine, at Elmwood High School

ArtsSmarts I Program

“Universal Dimensions” is a digital collage with soundtrack that was created collaboratively by a group of students in Grades 9-12 at Elmwood High School in Winnipeg in February, 2011. The work is based on the Seven Teachings and images found in a Ute prayer. Nine students, Phylicia O., Dallas T., Danielle L., Tyson W., Sarah W., Kelsie J., Michelle L., Candace M., and Jayme S., worked with digital photography in the computer lab. The students worked with artists Leah Fontaine and Allison Moore, and their visual arts teacher Briony Haig, with funding from an ArtsSmarts I grant from the Manitoba Arts Council.

This piece will be part of a larger contribution Canadian students are making to Eksperimenta, a triennial international art exhibition showcasing the artwork of high school students from over a dozen countries. The exhibition takes place this spring in Tallin, Estonia, and will explore the theme of space. Artwork will focus on connections between art and technology.

Here is the students’ artist statement:

All the different parts of our lives are part of the universe. Our lives are the universe to us.

Ute Prayer

Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the sea that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.