Thought lines 2014
cotton twill, embroidery floss
each about 5 inches square
The images and text in this post refer to the Bonnie Blink Project in Land Use History carried out on Manitoulin Island under the leadership of 4elements living arts. The project brought together twenty two 4th year geography students, 3 academic geographers, 7 artists, community members and local historians.
The project provided an opportunity for physical and human geographers to work together, realizing in the process that the full story was not learned and is a continually unfolding one.
The Bonnie Blink House, meaning "beautiful view", is a settler site in Sheguiandah, Manitoulin Island. It was the site of Manitoulin Gardens until the mid 1980s and housed migrant workers, several families, and provided employment for large numbers of Islanders over the last 100 years.
Her body of work for the exhibition encourages viewers to ask: can the elements of landscape help us to see how we see and how we move between ways of thinking.
Oak Leaf Thought line (detail) 2014
238 cedar stakes, nylon rope
32 feet by 22 feet
glass, silver wire, found objects
Part of her statement is below:
Less than 60 years ago, Manitoulin Gardens of Sheguiandah grew an array of vegetables and fruits, supplying much of the Island with its produce. Today the trend to support grocery stores rather than local producers has left market gardeners struggling and dinner plates relying on imported foods. The greenhouses, which formerly sat within view of my kitchen windows, are long gone, replaced now by meticulously cared for grounds.
I draw parallels to how we interact with each other and the land. This installation includes a chandelier, made from broken glass I've found around the property. It's an item of beauty and opulence, and reflects the light around it, yet is made of garbage and discards. It's my ode to the greenhouses, no longer, and the cultivated gardens, no longer, and a reminder of the communities that took root here long before these constructs, which will all inevitably fall apart. Ruta Tribinevicius
These Old Chains 2014
knitted yarn, 3 inch chains, 14 feet long
first installed around the property boundary as a performance
Part of her statement is below
On October 6th 1862, William McDougal, the commissioner of Crown Lands, ordered an exploratory survey of Mnidoo Mnis/Manitoulin Island. These surveys commenced based on the inaccurate premise that Anishnaabeg people were only using small parts of the land and that potential settler communities were welcome.
stone, copper leaf
25" x 15" x 9"
His statement below:
Outcropping consists of carved and fitted stones coming together to offer a feeling of warmth. Copper is inlayed, giving the illusion of the shimmer and glow of a dying campfire.
My first carved stone sculpture was done in Dawson City back in 2003. The work consisted of stones gathered downstream from placer mine tailing piles. It is impossible to miss these piles driving into Dawson. Placer mining is a technique by which gold is removed from gravel using water and gravity. The dredging of the riverbeds creates barren wastelands. It was this waste material that I wanted to reutilize into art, so I decided to carve and fit together a collection of stones into a square format.
All text in this post is from the very informative catalog. Contact 4elements to purchase.
All photos are by Judy Martin with permission from the artists and the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah. I'm very glad that I was able to view the exhibit before it came down. (July 3 - July 23 2014).
Congratulations to Sophie Edwards, the executive director of 4 elements. She has been tireless in working hard to bring art and culture of all kinds to Manitoulin Island. This project ....wow, Sophie!!