Joyce Majiski, Song of the Whale, 2019/2020, ocean salvaged styrofoam. Mike Thomas photo.
Joyce Majiski, Song of the Whale, 2019/2020, ocean salvaged styrofoam. Mike Thomas photo.

Yukon artist Joyce Majiski has hand carved a full-sized humpback whale skeleton from discarded styrofoam, salvaged from the ocean and beaches. Suspended in a recreated underwater setting that includes projections and an evocative soundscape by Daniel Janke, the exhibition initiates a conversation between humans and our legacy with the whales, offering a platform for broader conversations about our disconnect from ourselves as nature. The interconnectedness between all living creatures on the planet is visible now more than ever, as COVID-19 gives us the opportunity to clearly observe opposing realities: a world with reduced consumerism, wildlife emergence and clearer skies, and a fear-based world consumed with the idea of economic growth at all costs.

Song of the Whale is a tribute to this whale but also all whales, these incredibly huge and peaceful creatures that migrate the earth’s oceans. They embody the concept of global interconnectedness through water, reminding humanity of our rippling impacts and the possibility of choosing our most connected selves.

Joyce Majiski Biography

A nomad at heart, Joyce has made the Yukon home since 1984. An artist from an early age, she also pursued careers as a biologist and wilderness guide until 2001. Joyce now makes art full time, pursuing artistic residencies and exhibitions across Canada and Internationally. She is always inspired by nature, the unexpected connections between disparate things and trolling dumps and secondhand stores for unexpected treasures.

Monday, December 14 - Thursday, February 25

Song of the Whale

Event Details


Monday, December 14 2020

Thursday, February 25 2021


Runs December 14 - February 25

Main Gallery, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.