2003 Exhibition, Shelter
Curated by EJ Lightman and Anne O'Callaghan
Interacting with the concept of shelter -a trilogy of interactivity, performance and installation.
Meadowvale Glen Estates, a site-specific agglomeration of sculptural objects that both evoke and critique the pervasive intrusion of housing developments of middle-class shelter further and further into the quasi-natural world of farmland and beyond into actual natural habitat.
In the clearing that the horizontal trunk spans, the figures hang and gently sway in the breeze or when caused to do so by visitors (human or animal)...
Borealis is in large part built upon the precepts of illusion. It is a constructed and directed kind of seeing Thompson would have us engage in, evidenced in her sculptural articulation of a series of spurious geological objects carefully sited within an actual natural setting, and via the nighttime visibility of the rock artefacts which fluoresce when briefly illumined at night by a nearby light (a sight few visitors to this place would actually have the opportunity to witness).
One of the bogs on the Tree Museum property is abutted by a bold and abrupt outcropping of granite that is the setting for Francesca Vivenza's Outpost. Essentially consisting of two flat, rectangular wooden forms that overlap one another to form the shape of a longer rectangle, the work['s appearance as well as its setting cantilevering out toward (but not above) the waters of the small bog from atop the adjacent granite outcrop lend some credence to its description by many who see it for the first time as resembling a diving board. But such narrow contextualization works against the piece's broader capabilities, for much more is at play here...