Artist Jennifer Stead tells stories by drawing the world around her. She began this project with her thoughts and experiences of the neighbourhood. Combining these with local history, she created a drawing using pencil and charcoal that was transformed into an 18-foot tall steel sculpture. Short Story takes on the form of a tree, a landscape and a vase of flowers.
Hidden within the stems and branches are images that pay tribute to community history and the natural environment: a horse pulling logs out of the forest ripples of river waves and local wildflowers. The past, present and future of the Ottawa Valley emerges from the myriad of images.
Jennifer Stead has been telling stories through landscape for over twenty years. Stead earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Calgary.