Harvested Birch Bark, Wood, Composite Core

The history of an object, event or place is the foundation which contextualizes my work. The Current Current considers transportation in Canada: pre-colonial, post-colonial and modern.

The birch bark canoe, used by First Nations People and early settlers for travel, trade and daily life, plays an important role in Canadian history. Through our vast waterways routes were forged and, formed many of the communities in which we now live. The introduction of air travel granted Canadians a new means to explore our country and portage our goods.

By hybridizing materials (birch bark) and form (aircraft), the viewer can contemplate the impressive achievements of our forefathers while appreciating the privileges of the present.

About the Artist
Aylan Couchie

Aylan Couchie is an Anishinaabe artist from Nipissing First Nation in Northern Ontario. In 2015, she graduated from Georgian College’s Fine Arts Advanced program in Barrie, and is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She’s been the recipient of several awards including “2015 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture” through the International Sculpture Center and the inaugural Barbara Laronde Award for best new Indigenous female artist (Northern Ontario) from the Native Women in the Arts organization. Aylan has exhibited throughout Ontario as well as in the United States, Ireland and Serbia.

Main Level, near Domestic Arrivals (across from Starbucks)

Art at the Airport called The Current Current