This work was created over a single six-hour period on August 31, 2013, on the shore of the Bay of Fundy at Cheverie NS.
Fault/Line consists of 204 rocks, each weighing between 5 kg – 36 kg, moved and positioned by hand. I used no tools other than my own body, and had no assistance in moving or placing the rocks. The work was 57.4 metres in length when completed.
Fault/Line is a site-specific ephemeral installation and performance work that explores physical limits and boundaries. This piece is essentially a large-scale drawing that traces a fault that can be followed at low tide from the cliff face onto the beach, and thence out onto the wave-cut platform into the bay. The movement along this fault created a break in the strata when they were buried within the Earth. Erosion has exposed them at the surface and the offset of the strata on either side of the fault can be seen.
Fault/Line thus marks a breaking point, a limit at which various stressors produced dramatic change … it is the inscription of a boundary, crossed. In the creating this work, I was faced with a similar set of limits, stressors, and boundaries:
- Time – the tide cycle & available light determined the length of time I was able to work; additionally, the work as it was initially performed would only exist until the tide inundated the shore and exerted its force on the rocks & the beach gravel supporting them
- Materials – only rocks in the immediate vicinity of the site were practical to move and use, as I had no equipment other than my own body and work gloves
- Physicality – The rocks needed to be large enough to have physical and visual presence, but not so large that I couldn’t move them by myself
The slideshow below catalogues the work, as it looked when completed on August 31 2013, and again the following afternoon, after the night’s high tide had interacted with it.
UPDATE – September 28, 2013
I had an opportunity to return to the site of Fault/Line to see what remained:
… you can read my thoughts about what I found here.