Nadia Myre Scar Project, Archive



N. Myre, 2012


Fall 2014

In 2005, I initiated The Scar Project, an ‘open lab’ experience where people sew, with various fibers and threads on canvas, a representation of a physical, emotional, psychological scar they may have, and write out the accompanying narrative. Over the last 8 years canvases and texts have been created in workshops with youth groups, cultural centres, seniors centres, prison circles, missions and schools, and subsequently exhibited in galleries and museums in Canada, the United States, and most recently, Australia, as part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney. The Scar Project is a vehicle for people to anonymously share their personal traumas with others, creating a space that is simultaneously contemplative and transformative. It is a study in symbology as well as an emotional census of how we describe our wounds, both literal and metaphorical. With over 1400 canvases and texts collected, I begin the task of cataloguing and creating the Scar Project, Archive. 

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N. Myre, 2012

Nadia Myre is a visual artist from Montreal (Quebec) whose multi-disciplinary practice is inspired by participant involvement as well as recurring themes of identity, language, longing and loss. She is a graduate from Concordia University (M.F.A., 2002) and a recipient of Les Elles de l’art (2011), CALQ’s Prix à la création artistique pour la région des Laurentides (2009), and an Eiteljorg Fellowship (2003).