2010 Exhibition, afterLandscape 2010 (the works from 2010 are no longer on site)
Curated by EJ Lightman, Anne O'Callaghan (Canada) and Barbara McConchie (Australia)
Coming from Australia and arriving at the Tree Museum for the first time, I was overwhelmed by the greenness, the softness of the earth and the abundance of water. This contrasted dramatically with the desiccated Australian bush so familiar, with its recognisable bird calls and dry crunch underfoot.
Everything is in constant motion, and this is what keeps us alive. I wanted to try to illustrate a fleeting moment within that movement, when fragments come together to make something whole as if by chance before disintegrating again.
While walking in the woods a couple of years ago I began to imagine what if there was a huge glass bell jar at architectural scale hidden amongst the trees. I decided at that moment to site and photograph my real glass domes in the Northern Ontario boreal forest.
My site work for the Tree Museum consists of two parts - a cloud drawing on birch bark mounted on top of a large erratic and a circular marble moon placed on the ground nearby. The patterning on this lichen-covered, curving granite slope suggested a celestial sky and hence a suitable place for the moon. The site I've chosen to work in is an area of gently sloping granite edged by mixed forest.