Photograph by Bob Brink
Clash of Cultures
by Craig Goudie
(Acrylic on fibreglass cladding)
Shoppers Drug Mart, Water Street, Botwood
251 Water St., Botwood, NL A0H 1E0
Located on the exterior wall of Shoppers Drug Mart, the 11’ x 55’ mural, Clash of Cultures, is the work of Grand Falls-Windsor-based artist Craig Goudie. The work is drawn from Beothuk history and the story of Demasduit, the aunt of Shawnadithit and one of the last survivors of the Beothuk. Goudie presents a storyline of Demasduit’s later life, from her capture in 1819, the attempt to return her to Red Indian Lake, and her death while onboard a vessel in Botwood harbor in 1820.
Clash of Cultures is one of four murals Goudie created for the Botwood Mural Arts Society. The other three are located at the Memorial Grounds and Botwood Kinsmen Public Library.
The Government of Canada recognizes Demasduit as a person of national historic significance with a commemorative plaque, which is located at Airbase Place in Botwood.
Follow the link to learn more about the story of Demasduit.
Craig Goudie has been working as a visual artist and graphic designer for over 35 years. During that time, he has been steadily producing his own work for galleries, serving on local and provincial arts-related boards, and teaching art at junior high and senior high schools, the province’s youth addictions rehabilitation centre and at numerous workshop presentations. Craig works in a broad range of media including photography, pencil, pen and ink, watercolour, acrylic, charcoal, pastel, lithography and digital media. He frequently mixes his media when he feels it suits a piece of artwork. His work hangs in numerous government, corporate and private collections. His work as a freelance photographer and graphic designer has included a variety of marketing products including logo designs, brochures and posters, primarily for clients in the tourism industry.