Currently our school is named after a man who led thousands of young men to their death sending rounds of troops into a horrendous battle.
Earl haig, also known as “the butcher” is not the optimal choice to name a high school after. I propose that we re name the school after emily carr. Emily Carr was an artist, advocate for indigenous peoples, and environmentalist.Emily Carr was very influential for her time. one of the most preeminent and possibly most original Canadian painters of the first half of the twentieth century.
additionally she was one of the only major female artists in both North America or Europe during that period. Carr’s style was most developed while studying modernist art in France. She came back with her own bold and colourful post impressionist style. She was the first to introduce fauvism, a style of painting that features bold colours and painterly qualities, to Vancouver. One of the many great things about our school is the Claude Watson arts program and what better way to commemorate that than by naming the school after an artist.
Carr’s work had two main themes. Aboriginal culture and nature. Most of her early work was focused on aboriginal culture. She traveled through different villages and settlements and became amazed. she made it her goal to capture the presence of aboriginal culture.
She sought out abandoned villages and documented as much as she could. Through her travels she learned more and more about Aboriginal culture and eventually wrote a book titled “Klee Wyck” a collection of short stories from her experiences with Aboriginal people. Our school is very diverse and Emily Carr spent a large portion of her career showcasing a large minority group in Canada. Some of her most well known and critically acclaimed work is of aboriginal culture.Emily Carr’s trips in search of aboriginal cultures of the past also led her to her second large theme: the distinctive landscape of the west coast. her work from her last decade of painting took on a new quality.
Her work reflected her concerns about industrial logging. her paintings shifted from beautiful landscapes of vast forrest to cleared land and tree stumps. this led the viewer to reflect on the effects of deforestation. Carr was passionate about this because it not only affected the environment but also disrupted the lives of many indigenous people. The many clubs at our school focused on charity and bettering the world reflect what Carr was doing later in her life. Emily Carr was an influential Canadian artist who devoted her life to showcasing aboriginal culture and environmental issues in the form of painting. A Canadian artist who’s art was a reflection of Canada itself.
Her work on environmental issues sparked Emily Carr is a national icon and even people who know nothing about art know her name. try asking people who earl haig was.