Artist: Pierre Poussin
Location: Main lobby
McCain Complex Care and Recovery Building
1025 Queen St. West
Connexe is a backlit light sculpture that was inspired by, and depicts, the entire CAMH team, and all extended support networks that hold strength and unity in their practice.
It renders a literal pillar of support: an intricately interwoven pattern of held hands that embodies the truth that it takes a whole community to help one another through their pains, traumas, and path towards healing.
Ever since I was a child, I have had to rely on the help, kindness and support of numerous healthcare professionals and community members to help and care for my family’s mental health and addiction struggles. Connexe speaks to this support network: a feature light column, which depicts all of the helping hands which my family and I have had the fortune of receiving support from. Drawing from flashes of memory: this piece is for support workers, ER staff, nurses, social workers, doctors, neighbours, friends, family, and each and every single hand lifted to help one another. This artwork honors them, and embodies my gratitude for their support, patience and empathy. It is my wish that this piece reminds others of their own support networks, and to promote community and empathy as they cross through the doors of CAMH.