Art of the Bras d’Or

November 14, 2011


Art and Nature

William Blake once said:  “The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the Eyes of others only a Green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and by these I shall not regulate my proportions; and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the Eyes of the Man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.”

Painters, poets, musicians, illustrators, writers, sculptors, potters, weavers, welders, carvers, videographers, photographers (the list could go on and on) — all have fused their experiences of the natural world into works of art. Today we are featuring a music video for the song “Bras d’Or Lakes” by The Hylozoists.


The Hylozoists are an instrumental “super group”. A collaboration of artists from bands such as the Sadies, Cuff the Duke, Broken Social Scene, FemBots, Sea Snakes, Hopeful Monster, The Weakerthans and The Guthries, among others. The Hylozoists third album L’Île de Sept Villes was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year in 2010. Their song “Bras d’Or Lakes” is featured on that album.

The video’s remarkable artwork is by Julia Deakin. She remarks: “the sea and the ocean, and all that depth, for me is a really mysterious place. It’s a place of total unknown.” The animation is centered around a man in a boat and takes the viewer into his mind and memory scape as it explores themes of compassion, perseverance and empathy.

Here is an interview with Paul Aucoin, producer and founder of The Hylozoists and Julia Deakin about the short film and song “Bras d’Or Lakes”:


Many artists call Cape Breton home. Galleries and studios can be found all across the island. The Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust will be hosting a fundraiser in the coming year that celebrates art inspired by our landscapes. If you are an artist in the area and would like to contribute, we would love to hear from you.

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