Fenn Martin​-Ceramist

The Gift
The Gift

detail.

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The Gift
The Gift

Proposed drawing.

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The Gift
The Gift

In the production process

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The Gift
The Gift

Detail of carpenters working together to build credit unions.

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Researching the evolution of the Bergengren within the Antigonish cooperative movement, I was inspired by several iconic images along the way. These included fishermen carrying logs out of the woods on their shoulders in committed unison; citizens empowering themselves through education in small study clubs; and Canso women selling their knitted goods to raise money for fishing co-ops.

 

These images from the Antigonish Movement embody profound resourcefulness, determination, and a desire to participate in collective toil. The tension of multiple eras and characters creates a unique and multi-layered work.

The Gift

75th Anniversary of

The Bergengren Credit Union

April 2010