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When a whale dies of natural causes, their body slowly decomposes in the ocean, nourishing the environment. This is called “whalefall”. In 2006, off the coast of Vancouver Island, Canada, a juvenile humpback whale drowned when her tail was caught in a herring fishing net. Instead of slowing sinking to the sea floor, the whale’s body was washed up on a beach where it was salvaged by a skeleton preservation company. Thirteen years later, using garbage salvaged from the ocean, Yukon artist Joyce Majiski began working on a sculpture of that juvenile whale’s skeleton for her “Song of the Whale” exhibit.
Joyce is a mesmerizing artist. She is a flurry of creativity interrupted by moments of great stillness and contemplation. She’s an environmentalist who often collaborates with others and whose work addresses nature and the human impact on it.
“Whalefall” follows Joyce as she carves an exact replica of the whale—bone by bone—using garbage collected from the ocean. An homage to the whale, Majiski’s sculpture is a stark reminder of how human pollutants affect the nature world.
Release date: November 2021
Explore Joyce’s artwork.
Officially selected for:
- Available Light Film Festival, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, February 2022
- Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada, March 2022
- Short Circuit Pacific Rim Short Film Festival, Victoria, BC, Canada, May 2022
- Women Over Fifty Film Festival, Lewes, England, UK, September 2022
- St. John’s Women’s International Film Festival, St., John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, October 2022
- SeeMôr Film Festival, Holyhead, Wales, UK, October 2022 (finalist)
- The 20%: Feminist Filmmakers Festival, New Orleans, USA, April 2023 (finalist)
Inspiration in Nature
Dee Bailey created 2D paintings of nature using modelling clay as her medium. Inspiration in Nature explores what inspired Dee when she was the artist in residence in Tombstone Territorial Park in 2019 where she gained a deeper understanding of why she made art about nature. Explore Dee’s artwork.
Released: January 2021
Time: 4 minutes 38 seconds
Officially selected for:
- Master of Art Film Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, April 14, 2021
- OrtometraggiFilmFestival, Turin, Italy, September 9, 2021
- Raleigh Film & Art Festival, Raleigh, United States of America, October 9, 2021 (awarded Best Short)
- Make Art Not Fear, Porto, Portugal, October 20, 2021
- Arte Non Stop Festival/BA 2021 International Film and Art Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 27, 2021 (awarded Best Short)
- Biophilia International Film Festival, Mexico City, Mexico, November 14, 2021
- Nature and Culture International Poetry Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 21, 2021