may, 2021

03may(may 3)9:00 am27(may 27)8:00 pmWishing Trees

Event Details

Art Exhibit: Wishing Trees

Exhibition Dates:
Online 28 April – 27 May, In-person 20-27 May


A native of Turkey, Dr. Canan Altinkas has been living in Kingston since September 2020, after being awarded the Institute of International Education-Artist Protection Fund Fellowship, and is in residence at Queen’s University and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre
until August 2021. Wishing Trees is her first exhibition in Kingston at the Window Art Gallery.

Canan states: “Since 2020, we live with the Pandemic, which had a worldwide impact on us and on our lives. All of us were affected in different ways. As an artist, pandemic also impacted me individually and continues to do so. I have been searching a way to emphasize the pandemic on people for a long time. Before the end of 2020, most of my friends were making good wishes about 2021 on their social media accounts. Their wishes about the future really had an impact on me. I started to focus on the idea of keeping our hopes alive in
the midst of pandemic. One morning, when I walked into the kitchen to make coffee, I noticed a tree branch on the ground in front of the window. That was my “Eureka” moment! I remembered the wish trees, which is a very old cultural ritual, dating back to pagan period in Anatolia. As part of this ritual, people attach pieces of clothes on wishing trees. The pieces of clothes represent their hopes and wishes. Inspired by this ritual, I started to work on my wishing trees series.

On some canvases, I have used the wishes and on some of them, I used pieces of cloth symbolizing the wishes. All the wishes indicated on my works are the actual wishes and hopes of actual people from the future.

Although my works are generally acrylic, I used mixed media in these series. I think I can convey my messages easily through this medium.

Historiography and story-telling are among the duties of art. In that context, I believe that each work tells another story.”



3 (Monday) 9:00 am - 27 (Thursday) 8:00 pm


Window Art Gallery at Kingston School of Art

647A Princess st.

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