GG winning painter Sandra Meigs channels grief into art

B.C. painter Sandra Meigs joins us freshly after being awarded the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.
Sandra Meigs is one of this year's eight winners of the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts. (The Canadian Press)

B.C. painter Sandra Meigs is among the eight Canadians who received a Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts this morning. On the heels of the honour, Meigs joins guest host Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss her lifetime of artistic achievement and how the creative process helped her cope with the loss of her husband. 

Meigs has won many accolades over the course of her 40-year career, but her most recent series, The Basement Panoramas, has been widely praised as her most striking. Her work has been shown widely in Canada, including at the National Gallery in Ottawa. 

"You have to actually walk with the work," she says of her sprawling pieces, adding that mindful walking helped her through the grieving process. "Everything becomes heightened in that state of slowing down and feeling your senses." 

Sandra Meigs Blue. 1000 Mountain Rest. (Breath), 2013 acrylic on canvas 183 x 548.5 cm (Toni Hafkenscheid)


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.