exchange: giving one thing and receiving another, river and well water, bucket, 5000 steps, Open Actions Performance Collective, 2013-09-15, Sooke Potholes, 1hr. duration
Wish that I were a yellow bird
I’d fly away with you
But I am not a yellow bird
So here I sit
Nothing else to do
The Haitian song yellow bird was written by Michel Mauleart Monton with lyrics from the poet Oswald Durand
Morwy’s Belt, iron mooring ring, rope, resistance and restraint. Open Actions Performance Collective, 1hr. duration, Reeson Park, Victoria BC, 2013-02-17
Mooring Ring, Reeson Park, south of the Johnson Street Bridge, ships moored here to unload supplies and load natural products wood and furs. There are several mooring rings in the Inner Harbor. “The mooring rings on the rocks below are the only surviving fragment of Fort Victoria built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1843.” (Text from Canadian government plaque)
This experiential sculpture acknowledges a relationship with land. I acknowledge the territory of Coast Salish People of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations and for their gracious hospitality. It is an honor and a pleasure to work within their traditional territory.
Mowry’s Belt also acknowledges one of my teachers, Mowry Baden; from his teachings I learned about sense-memory, wearable sculpture, self-consciousness and decentering vision.
Mowry Baden Seat Belt With Block, 1969, 365cm dia x height of viewer, steel, nylon, concrete, Collection Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC
Land Claims, tobacco, land. A postage-stamp size park on the west side of Wharf Street between Fort and Broughton, in the soil is a story of struggle between its traditional peoples the Lekwungen and the colonial settlers. Victoria BC, Open Actions Performance Collective, duration 1hr, January 23, 2013
Open Actions Performance Collective, 23 Paddon, heritage house, Victoria BC, 1hr duration, November 3