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:

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Green Point has been chosen as the Global stratotype representing the division between the Cambrian and Ordovician periods in geological history.

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Geologists in their natural habitat, for scale.

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 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.

A view of Green Point from  a seaward  vantage point at low tide

A view of Green Point from a seaward vantage point at low tide; lots of space to make work that interacts with the tide!

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A closer view of Green Point; the division between the Cambrian and Ordovician periods is actually quite unremarkable in some ways … just two different layers of rock in the cliff (it’s just off-centre in the image, toward the right, where all the boulders are on the shore)

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.

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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.

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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.

10 Comments

  1. What a landscape!! Should be great!

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  2. sharonkallis says:

    Fabulous Sydney, look forward to hearing ( reading) all about it- congrats!

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    • sydney says:

      Thanks so much Sharon! I’m loving that you and I are going to be on opposite ends of the country, working with natural materials and doing site-integrated work!

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  3. Linda Cote says:

    Congratulations Sydney! What a wonderful opportunity for you. I look forward to hearing more about this!

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  4. drawandshoot says:

    Are you there now, Sydney? What an amazing opportunity! I’m thrilled for you and excited to see and hear about how you’ll respond to the magnificent environment. Congratulations!

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    • sydney says:

      Thanks so much Karen! No not there yet – soon though! The Residency begins officially on June 2. I think it is going to be a very rich and challenging experience. Looking forward to it immensely – and trying not to get overwhelmed by all that has to be done before I leave! But that is the way of it – and I wouldn’t trade it.

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