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Artist Statement

This project looks at the culture/nature dichotomy in the context of landscape and historical memory on a site in Tay Township, Simcoe County. Ontario. A hay field since the early 1900s, the site has been left to "go back to nature" since the farm house burned down in the early seventies. A plain cairn marks the place of martyrdom for FF. Jean de Br├ębeuf and Gabriel Lalemont on the top of the hill. In mid 17th century, the Jesuits had relocated the people of a Huron village there and named it St. Ignace II. Their intent to bring the mission closer together also meant that they controlled access to Georgian Bay. The settlement was burned down by Iroquois warriors in 1647.

After clearing one acre of bush on the site in the fall of 1999, I planted 300 pine, spruce and fir seedlings the following spring. All but one of the seedlings survived the first summer and winter. However, the extreme drought in the summer of 2001 and blight in the fall caused more than half the young trees to die. Instead of replacing the trees, I began to collect objects from the abandoned farm, and placed them in the field. Photographs of the field during different seasons, weather, and stages of labour, narrate how the trees grow at the same time as the objects sink into the ground.

Exhibitions:

Tree Story, photo mural triptych, 2015, Theatre Aquarius

Culture/Nature, photographs, 2010, Limlip Museum, Korea

Objects Subject to Change, drypoints 2012, Members' Gallery, C3 Hamilton

The site is featured in Louise Noguchi's 2010 film "Marker."