Responding to sites around the world through works
created in site specific installation, intervention, ephemeral sculpture,
video, sound, web, permanent site-specific sculpture, photography, printmaking,painting
Welcoming opportunities to work in different geographic regions &
locations in the world, creating site-specific works in response to the
on the photos below to get a closer look:
Map to North Shore sites
Tree Stone Echo with Sky:
Earth: Water: Reqliuary in background
Stone Echo - log piercing and passing through gallery
Stone Echo -viewer going to sign message book
Stone Echo -roots and stones
being returned to the ocean...
Earth: Water: Reliquary
for the Earth Reflections Exhibition
Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
As an environmental artist I work in response to sites in the natural
world. I work intuitively at sites, with site energies - sometimes through
dreams, impressions or waking dreams. Once the work emerges and is on
its way to completion I will begin a site research based on local history,
stories, and connections to the larger universe - celestial, botanical,
animal and spiritual. Much of my work is an attempt to provide the viewer
with a starting point to begin contemplating their own landscape and possibly
their part in its preservation.
It is simply amazing to think that our physical bodies are made up of
stardust, ancient dinosaur bones, trillions of cells that communicate
with other cells, water that is controlled by the moon just as the tides
are water that is affected by our very thoughts. We breathe air
that has been recirculating around the globe for millennia we breathe
the same air that our ancient ancestors once did. We are interwoven into
the very fabric of the Earth the Earth is interwoven into each
of our physical beings. We also share these physical connections, and
are further interwoven, with every other living being on this planet.
We each carry genetic memories within us, for at one time all of our ancestors
lived in harmony with the Earth and understood the delicate balance between
what was seen and what was intuited
The new works created for the Earth Reflections exhibition are based on
sites on the North Shore - from Deep Cove in North Vancouver to Whytecliffe
Park in West Vancouver. I wanted to provide viewers with basic information
on how they could access the sites Id visited. With this in mind
I overlaid a map (left) of the North Shore with an infinity symbol. The
infinity symbol signifies the constantly evolving universe, the cycles
of life including natures cycle of birth, death and regeneration.
This line intersected many parks and nature areas, I chose to work at
12 of them: Bridgeman, Cates, Deep Cove, Seymour, Lynn Headwaters, Capilano,
Dundareve, Lighthouse, Eagleridge, Whytecliffe, Cypress and Mahon Parks.
Numerology, a metaphysical system based on the esoteric relationships
between numbers and physical objects or living beings, often enters my
work. After contemplating many different numbers I decided to work with
the number 12. There are 12 months in a calendar year, in China a 12 cycle
system called Earthly Branches is used for time reckoning. The day is
divided into two 12 hour sections, ancient measurement systems are based
on 12. Astrology is based on time being divided into 12 zodiac signs and
in China 12 animals. The bible has many references to including the 12
tribes of Israel, 12 Apostles and 12 Angels.
Echo - is deeply connected to the Sky:
Earth: Water: Reliquary and references a trip to Lynn Headwaters
made last year with Joan. We came across a series of windblown trees,
remnants of the windstorms of 2006, and under each of the giant root balls
stones were coming free, falling to the ground, creating a pile of, what
I call, stone-eggs. They are waiting to be reclaimed by another trees
root system, where they will help anchor a new tree to the Earth. Stones
are the oldest beings on Earth and have been here since the Earth was
formed, it is said that they carry memories within them. Imagine being
96 million years old, like many of the rocks on the North Shore, and what
you would remember.
For the installation I gathered 120 stones from each of the 12 sites.
I patiently waited for the spring thaws to bring a tree-log down the river,
but the waters were running far too swiftly to leave anything on the shores
and instead took all their offerings to the waiting sea. A few days before
the opening I had a feeling to go to Cates Park, where I finally found
the tree-log on the beach. No doubt it had been brought down one of the
North Shore rivers, joined the tide, and then been thrown back upon the
shore. The tree-log pierces the gallery wall - the root ball hovers over
the 1440 stones collected at the sites. Viewers are invited, and encouraged,
to choose a stone to take with them and in return to leave a comment that
will be taken back to the site, creating a circle, an echo. The comment
can be a prayer or wish for the Earth, or just an acknowledgement of your
knowing that you are connected to the Earth, the Sky, the Water.
Perhaps through this gesture you will become one of the memories stored
within the stone.
Special thanks to Johnny Walker, Doug Phillips and Chané and
Matthew and Roland for the return of the log to the ocean.
©Ingrid Koivukangas 2008