Preparation and Anticipation
It’s been a very busy time.
Received some great news, which set life a-kilter and many things in motion (a bit like a juggler on a unicycle) …
I have been accepted into the Artist-In-Residence Program “Art in the Park” at Gros Morne National Park on the west coast of Newfoundland.
The project I am going to work on will be a site-specific installation at Green Point:
Green Point has been chosen as the Global stratotype representing the division between the Cambrian and Ordovician periods in geological history.
So, this spot on the planet holds a boundary, a division in time and history. Just like the strata shown in the images above, there are many layers to that story, different scales of time and history, differing notions of memory. Many ways to understand change, and the essentially ephemeral nature of all things.
These are some of the things I am going to be considering in my work during my stay.
There is, in many ways, a very arbitrary quality to this division; other places on the planet record this same point in geological history. But it is here, this one place which was chosen to be the internationally recognized stratotype. There’s food for thought there too … so many human-generated boundaries/divisions/separations have this same arbitrary quality. There’s power in choosing. Power in naming and defining. Power in distinguishing the sides of boundary, whether it is readily visible or not: we know what it means to draw the ‘line in the sand.’
These are things I will be considering too.
There’s a raw, vital beauty to the landscape there. It commands respect. It’s a place that can make a mere human feel quite insignificant.
I think those are important things to consider too.
And I know there will be many adventures over the weeks of my stay – and I will do my best to capture some of that journey here.