Polytechnique Memorial

When I was asked to create graphics for the day of reflection held at the University of Guelph in remembrance of those women who lost their lives at Polytechnique and asked to incorporate balloons, I was torn. How could balloons, even filled with light (in lui of paper lanterns) be depicted in a way that wouldn’t come across as celebratory. I eventually decided to draw these with variations in opacity and brushstrokes, allowing their light-filled nature to become apparent.