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Michèle Karch-Ackerman

Michèle Karch-Ackerman (b. 1962) is an installation artist who lives in Buckhorn, Ontario. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and has taught at various institutions including Halliburton School of the Arts, Loyalist College, Trent University and the Royal Ontario Museum. Karch-Ackerman's work is known for its provocative and touching mining of the '"smaller" and often tragic histories of Canada's past, commemorating those who died in sanitoria, the plight of unwed mothers, the sad childhood of the famous Dionne Quintuplets, and the children lost to pioneer mothers.

"The Sweaters" is part of a nationally-touring installation which explores the loss of young lives during the First World War, and in particular, the Newfoundland regiment who fought in the battle of Beaumont Hamel. It weaves together the story of James Barrie's Peter Pan with the stories of so many lives lost in the First World War, and expresses loss, remembrance, and consolation.

It is my job to soothe. I would like to be Wendy; the Wendy of Peter Pan who so consoled her Lost Boys with stories and love. I will sew nightgowns. I will make dolls. I will knit sweaters. I will provide clean straw and clean sheets. I will make the terrible itching go away. And the fear.

Michele Karch-Ackerman

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