Olivia Skye Rental Application
Olivia Skye @ 41 East Hastings Street
We are expecting move in date to be February 1st, 2018. We will provide updates on this website as we get closer to completion.
I am an inner-city First Nations woman who grew up in the skids (DTES) since the age two. I am the fourth youngest of 13 children raised by a then single parent who spent 12 years of her formative years growing up in the harsh, loveless environment of an Indian Residential school.When I was first approached about this project, I was asked to create something that “reflected the history of the neighbourhood,” from its original communities of Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam peoples to its large Japanese and Chinese communities, who settled in nearby Japantown and Chinatown, its waves of immigrants, and Hogan’s Alley, Vancouver’s first neighbourhood that was home to a substantial, concentrated black population. In addition and because of its developer’s mission as a women’s anti-violence organization, I was asked to honour the resilience of the women who live in the Downtown Eastside, as well as the women we have lost.I decided to use similar figures from the ancient Mimbres culture that I used on a Memorial Bowl and a large three-person banner that has been a part of the Women’s Memorial March for more than 20 years. I incorporated a medicine wheel because it represents the four directions, the four elements of life, the four medicines, the four seasons, the four states of wellbeing and the four colours of humans as well as the four stages of life. In addition to this, I created a word cloud to reinforce the presence of the people who lived in the margins of the then downtown Vancouver. The medicine wheel is about as indigenous as any symbol comes and it signifies health and healing.The design with the women holding hands around the medicine wheel will be displayed in its entirety on a wall as you enter the building. The word cloud will be on the glass awning so that on a sunny day, the words will be projected as shadow onto the sidewalk, and at night through illumination. We hope that on any given day of living life in the DTES that someone receives comfort from the text.The 14 large panels on the front of the building hold cropped and enlarged sections from the women figures around the medicine wheel. It’s contemporary and artistic as well as recognizable as figures that have been displayed at the annual women’s march. The cropping gives them an otherworldly movement across the surface of the building. I liken the female images as ancient Spirit Guides placed to watch over everyone.I am honoured to have this opportunity to create work for a community that is dear to my heart. - Judy Chartrand
If you are interested in applying for a unit at Olivia Skye, please complete the on-line application at http://www.atira.bc.ca/olivia-skye-rental-application