Join us for our September Community Gallery exhibition, featuring interactive artworks inspired by Miles Canyon by local artist Marie-Hélène Comeau.

Artist Statement

In 2012 (Painting the Trails) and 2013 (Inspired by the Canyon), the Yukon Conservation Society invited artists to paint outdoors on the slopes of Miles Canyon. I had the opportunity and privilege to participate in the event. On both occasions I invited passers-by to participate in relational art projects.

The first year they were invited to leave their mark by writing or drawing. This year, I invited them to participate in an art survey. For this occasion, a mobile scientific art laboratory from CCU (Canyon City University) was set up on site to gather information on the identity of the people who hiked the Miles Canyon trails. The results are presently being analysed by a group of scientists of CCU and should become public before Spring Break.

This ethno-artistic approach has lifted the veil of secrecy on the modern day users of the Canyon City trails. While we have abounded information of the trails users of the Gold Rush days and Sasquash, little is known about the modern trail users.

This art project provided an opportunity to learn more about the Canyon visitors and their stories. It was also an excellent chance to share their trail mix.

About the Artist

Marie-Hélène Comeau moved from Montreal to the Yukon in 1992 after completing a Bachelor Degree in Anthropology. She recently completed a BFA at Université du Québec à Montréal and is currently sharing her time between Whitehorse and Montreal where she is enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her Doctoral study will allow her to combine Anthropology and Fine Art with a community art focus that will explore the Northern identity, specifically the Yukon French identity.

Over the years, her artwork had been presented in various shows in the Yukon, North West-Territories and Quebec. Marie-Hélène’s work can be found in galleries in Whitehorse and Yellowknife.