The art of research
The act of research can be a beauteous endeavour, whether it is conducted in the lab, in the field, in the studio, or in the archives. The Art of Research photo contest, hosted by the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) provides the opportunity for Queen’s faculty, students, and staff to showcase their research, scholarly, and artistic work
The first-prize winner of the 2016 Art of Research contest is Norman Vorano, for his photo Tulugak on the Crucifix, taken at Pond Inlet, Nunavut.
Dr. Vorano was conducting historical research with Inuit elders in Nunavut in April and May of 2016 [See Preserving culture in art: the North Baffin drawings from this same issue] . One woman recounted to him the loss of cultural traditions as a result of the changes that happened during the 20th century, particularly from residential schools, the missionaries, and the waves of southerners who flooded into the Arctic after the Second World War.
After the research group broke for lunch, Dr. Vorano stepped outside. The white sky was indistinguishable from the ground. He walked past a towering crucifix erected behind the Catholic Church, on an imposing hill overlooking the community. A raven flew down from the ethereal sky, perched on the crucifix, and began vocalizing. For Western culture, the raven is a harbinger of death. For Inuit culture, tulugak – raven – is a tricky fellow who symbolizes creation.
See the rest of the winning and shortlisted photos at queensu.ca/research/art-of-research.