During her week as an emerging youth Artist in Residence Hannah will be working on a series of three artworks. The first piece is done in graphite and is a cold-blooded horse breed, such as a draft horse, to represent the past. The second is a warm blood horse breed done in coloured pencils representing the present. Finally, a hot-blooded horse breed in watercolours to represent the future. The purpose of this series is to open the eye of the public about how horses have played a key role to humans in the past. Also, they are excellent companions to humans in the present and to ask what role they will play in the future/what relationship will humans retain with Equus caballus (horses).
Hannah will interact and engage with the public by catering to the unique needs of individuals. Therefore, conversing about her artistic process and answering questions resulting in creating connections with visitors. She is always happy to inspire and have a positive impact on new people especially when she is passionate about the overall topic. Deciphering both the good and bad (or “need to work on”) aspects of her artwork will help both her as the artist and the viewer as a critic. In conclusion, by speaking about her creating process and the purpose of creating it, viewers will come closer to understanding the beauty and meaning of horse and human relations.
Qey, my name is Hannah Cruickshank, and I am an 18-year-old Indigenous artist from Beaver Dam, New Brunswick. I have currently just completed my first year of a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus in Truro, NS. My career goal is to finish my Bachelor of Animal Science then complete a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine so that I can become a livestock veterinarian, specializing in equine medicine. However, throughout working towards my career goal I want to satisfy my artistic side. I am continuously building my art portfolio by creating artwork to improve and testing new ideas/concepts.
My work is mostly based around equine realism done in graphite and/or coloured pencils. Sometimes experimenting with other fine art mediums such as watercolour, charcoal, etc. Expressing myself and my passion for equine sciences within art has been a very important hobby of mine since I could remember. Through my work I drive to retrieve the emotional connection between humans and horses as I believe it has been forgotten in our fast-paced lifestyles. As the summer is quickly approaching, I am seeking opportunities to expand my experiences within the art community.