We Can't All Be Perfect by Erica Rutherford

We Can’t All Be Perfect

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The Old Triangle is getting a new piece of outdoor artwork thanks to the Discover Charlottetown Ignition Fund. The fund is designed to help Charlottetown businesses bring new projects to life without taking on additional financial risk while making the capital city a more alluring destination for locals and visitors alike. 

The selected artwork for this project, which was voted on unanimously by the Charlottetown City Council in December, is called “We Can’t All Be Perfect”. It was created in the mid-1970s by Erica Rutherford, who was born Eric Rutherford in Scotland and later moved to Prince Edward Island. Erica was a pioneer in the transgender movement and while this painting was created Erica would have been mid-transition and experiencing gender dysphoria, facing the idea of the perfected female form. 

In the 1970s, many women were challenging what the “ideal” women would look like and began to throw out societal norms. We Can’t All Be Perfect demonstrates that even in the most “perfect” of pictures, there would be some imperfection – the person with the red boots is a tongue-in-cheek nod to this. Erica was always known for accepting people just as they are but struggled initially with the idea of matching her own body to that of the perfect feminine standard. This important piece of artwork is the part of the beginning of Erica’s journey and a reminder that nothing is really “perfect”.

There will be a plaque placed near the artwork to give context to the piece and help educate the community on this important discussion.