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ERIC Number: EJ842751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
Finding Home: A Walk, a Meditation, a Memoir, a Collage
Vaughan, Kathleen
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v13 n2 p30-42 2008
The author loves Toronto, where she has lived for more than three decades. Two of those she has resided in an apartment on the west side of town--close to the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), to the parks and pathways that connect her living and working sites with those institutions and her other haunts. What thrills her most about this city? Its diverse peoples, half of whom were born outside Canada. Its neighbourhoods. Its walkability. Its ravines. When a person loves something as much as she does Toronto, then he or she makes artwork about it. In her practice, art making requires a devoted and voracious accumulation of ideas and options, followed by ruthlessly selective editing, a kind of delicate dissection--this paradoxical form of engagement somehow both bonds a person to his or her subject and holds it at arm's length. And so motivated by love, curiosity and a kind of anticipatory nostalgia the author explains in this article, she created "Finding Home," a body of interwoven visual art and text about her home neighbourhood around Bathurst and St. Clair. This article reflects on the making of "Finding Home" and includes portions of it. (Contains 22 notes.)
Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada