Marc Chagall, Man and Violin, n.d. (detail), watercolour. SFU Art Collection. Gift of the Estate of George and Ida Halpern, 1990.


Nadina Dodd on Marc Chagall's, Man and Violin, n.d.

Clinical Counsellor and Art Therapist at FIC and SFU

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 12:30pm
SFU Gallery, AQ 3004, Burnaby

Unpacking Art: Lunchtime Talks on Works in the SFU Art Collection is a speaker series that invites members of the SFU community to "unpack" the context and the questions raised by works of art in the collection.

In conversation with Marc Chagall's painting Man and Violin (n.d.), Nadina Dodd, a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Art Therapist, will draw connections between Chagall's painting, the artist's journey as a displaced person, and the identity formation of young individuals as they navigate life in a new country. Examples of her students' work will also be on display.

Nadina Dodd currently works at Fraser International College (a partner of SFU) as a Case Manager supporting international students in their health and wellbeing. Over the past two years she has been developing and facilitating an art therapy group at the SFU Housing premises for students who struggle with mental and emotional health or have been impacted by stressful environmental circumstances. This group aims to foster self-expression, exploration, and social connections, working towards developing forms of communication around social issues. 

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was an early modernist artist of Belarusian Jewish origin. His figurative work is a synthesis of Symbolism, Fauvism and Cubism. Born in Russia, Chagall moved to France in 1910, spending time traveling between Saint Petersburg, Paris and Berlin, which influenced his representations of Eastern European Jewish folk culture. During WWII, Chagall escaped occupied France and the Nazi campaigns against modern art to the United States.

This speaker series encourages participation from audiences that are new to visual art and to the SFU Art Collection.

Unpacking Art is free and open to everyone. No advance preparation or registration is necessary. Bring your lunch.