Travel, and New Work

It’s been a very busy few weeks in my little corner of the universe. (**Long post warning!!)

Another interview for YORK, and then sorting and packing and shipping things in advance of an extended stay on the East Coast of the country!

I’ve been travelling for the last 2 + weeks … in Montreal for the wedding of two lovely friends. Had a great few days in Montreal; lovely food, and beautiful architecture in the old part of the city, where we were staying. Had a great visit to Pointe-à-Callière, and spent a good bit of time strolling through the cobble streets of Vieux Port. Also got a chance to visit with some friends living there, and explore some other parts of the city. I really love the way life is lived on the street there; there’s a constant energy, and so much visual input. A feast.

love this one!!

love this one!!

another alley artwork

another alley artwork

an alley mural

an alley mural

Pointe-à-Callière

Pointe-à-Callière

a side street; love the buildings

a side street; love the buildings

another view of the video at Pointe-à-Callière

another view of the video at Pointe-à-Callière

A video installation at Pointe-à-Callière, a really interesting archeological and historical museum in Old Port Montreal

A video installation at Pointe-à-Callière, a really interesting archeological and historical museum in Old Port Montreal

Historical Reenactment

Historical Reenactment

Place de Jacques-Cartier

Place de Jacques-Cartier

a fire escape in Old Montreal

a fire escape in Old Montreal

After Montreal, I headed to the Bay of Fundy – one of my favourite places on the planet – a perfect place to decompress a bit, get reacquainted with the Atlantic Ocean … and to make work. These photos are all from Cheverie, NS. It’s stunningly beautiful, and there’s really nothing to compare to the power of the tides (the link I’ve supplied is to a place I have been to, but not on this trip; it’s just around the shore from where I was).

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While my partner was doing some research on the area (he’s a structural geologist), I got busy myself, and created a site-specific installation/durational performance, called Fault/Line. I am quite happy with this work: with how it tested my limits physically, how it pushed me technically and conceptually, to make work within the material and temporal constraints that made sense in that place. I like this way of working and the many challenges it poses. I didn’t know I could still lift that much weight!

Here’s a composite-panorama of the work, just after it was finished:

Fault Line. An ephemeral, site-specific installation and durational performance. Created August 31 2013.

Fault Line. An ephemeral, site-specific installation and durational performance. Created August 31 2013.

A full slide show and more details on this project can be found HERE>

… And now, I’m in Halifax, starting to get settled in, slowly (at least all the stuff I’ve shipped has arrived, but we’re not unpacked and sorted yet … that will come). I will be out here for a while – making work, writing, thinking, and talking to the ocean. For my partner, this time is a research sabbatical; I am treating it in much the same way – as a self-directed residency. A time to shift gears, think about all I have been doing and making in the last couple of years. TIme to go deeper. Make more work. Take more risks. Hibernate and ruminate.

You’ll likely hear more from me in the next while, as this little sabbatical unfolds.

4 Comments

  1. That Fault Line!!! How I would like to stumble upon it on a beach walk!

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    • sydney says:

      Oh thank you! I’ve often wondered what people thought if they came across it. A couple of people did come by when I was working on it, and the conversation inevitably turned to just how long it was going to last. People know and watch the tides on the Bay of Fundy. As it turned out, part of it survived a couple of high tides, but it was basically obliterated in a few days.

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  2. crowgirl11 says:

    Hearing more is always good! :)

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  3. drawandshoot says:

    This all sounds really wonderful, Sydney. Enjoy your new creative spaces and energies.

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