Communal Artifact (reused)

a mixed media sculpture with a yellow background
Meredith Snyder
Mixed media
cast iron and plaster
Collection number
Art in the moveable Collection


Meredith Snider believes in the power of ordinary items to tell people about themselves and how we relate to each other. Her work draws from everyday objects and experiences. This innovative sculpture, Communal Artifact (reused), references the water cycle and the continuous flow of earth’s water supply. Snider’s sculptures look critically at who selects artifacts that become part of our recorded history. The cast iron pipe found object is from the construction site of the Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court Redevelopment project at 2 Daly Avenue. Snider researched the history of the site where the new Ottawa Art Gallery was constructed. This site has transformed through various developments including residential homes, a police station, and an unofficial park for the homeless.

In 2013, Snider completed an MFA from the University of Ottawa. Her videos have been screened in international film festivals and she exhibits regularly in Ontario and Quebec with production support from funding agencies and art institutions in the region.