I love it when artists take their work to public spaces! There's a certain bus stop I've been curious about, perhaps you've noticed the eye-catching stop at E.D. Feehan Catholic High School, as well. After a little bit of research, I finally got to meet the artist behind this beautiful and meaningful project.
Originally from Turkey, artist Muveddet Kuscu Al-Katib was guided by local Indigenous elders to join forces in an innovative multicultural partership with students from the E.D. Feehan Newcomer Youth Engagement Program (NYEP) and students from the Miyo Mâcihowin Program to create this unique art installation that celebrates the work of both Indigenous students and newcomer students at E.D. Feehan.
In 1998, after emigrating to Saskatoon, Muveddet was captivated by the vibrant diversity she found in Saskatchewan. Working with First Nation Knowledge Keepers, she transformed her traditional Turkist motifs in a contemporary way by bringing two worlds together - bridging the cultures of east and west into an understanding of the differences and similarities we all share. Muveddet draws and paints her reflective experiences as an immigrant to Saskatoon.
Saskatoon has such an electric art scene that brings the stories of the world to life in unexpected ways and places, thank you to Muveddet for sharing her colourful ways of seeing to this beautiful place we call home.
To learn more about Muveddet Kuscu Al-Katib's art, click here. Her work has been exhibited provincially and nationally. It is also in many public and private collections including SK Arts, the University of Saskatchewan and the Ambassador's Collection at the Embassy of Turkey in Ottawa.
What's your favourite street art piece in Saskatchewan?