July 2009


For those in the Ottawa area, tune in to CBC Radio One (91.5 fm) on Saturday morning between 6 and 9 AM (I know, I know, it is early...and the weekend...but..) to listen to In Town and Out hosted by Michael Bhardwaj.  He is interviewing Erin Robertson and me about fieldwork, and specifically, about her installation Heavenly Blue.  Hope you can listen in!

Heavenly Blue morning Glories

butterfly  eggs
at osa

The terra cotta warrior was oringinally exhibited  in Trogan Horse a Ottawa school of Art Gallery in Ottawa
the first incarnation was planted with butterfly pupa which matured into butterflies over the period of the exhibit in the space and laid eggs.Painted Ladies lay little blue eggs .They turned into caterpillers over the nect few weeks and were cared for by a group of elementary school chidren at Acaemie de la capital  where I  teach an art program. When this generation transformed into butterflies the children released them in the park.

I was immediatly struck by the impact of the context of the field when installing heavenly blue.
it ideally needs about 200 meters distance as an initial vantage point,a distance hard to obtain in an indoor gallery space. Although the warrior is seeded with heavenly blue seeds, they are slow growing. There is a wee sprout in his back pocket..

Morning glories seed packs with the fieldwork blog address stamped on them are being distributed as clues to the site. they are the most beautiful colour and  as as it turns out are the same colour as painted lady butterfly eggs and Canadian peace keeper berets.


In Town and Out

CBC radio interview with fieldwork

In case you were STILL ASLEEP last Saturday morning and missed CBC Radio's Michael Bhardwaj's interview with Erin and me (Susie), here is the link to have a listen  click here.  Thanks Michael for your fieldwork!

Hares & Squares

Eguchi's fieldwork Installation 'Hares & Squares'
Eguchi's fieldwork Installation 'Hares & Squares'

Real and Barbara Eguchi installed their work Hares & Squares in the field last Saturday (July 11) despite inclement weather and wow are they ever eye-popping!

Project Description (First Posting) hares & squares

The Concept (hares & squares-First Posting)

Since this is our first blog posting, here is a project description.

The project takes its form in two-dimensional, oversized lawn ornaments. The lawn shadow is a form of ‘folk art’ and is generally painted black. hares & squares imitates this common folk art in form but creates contrast through the use of bright colours. It encourages us to be more attentive to the local landscape.

Biologically diverse landscapes that provide habitat for native plant and animal species are critical to our sustainable future. hares & squares reminds us of the alien elements introduced by human beings that may negatively affect the bio-diversity of the landscape.
The Jackrabbit or European Hare, Lepus europaeus, is non-native to the countryside of Southern Ontario. It is believed that Jackrabbits are descendents of captive hares imported from Germany that became feral in the early 20th century when they escaped from a farm near Cambridge, Ontario.
The squares, icons of urbanism, are unnaturally placed in this rural setting and mimic signage boards that interrupt our view of the picturesque countryside. In this instance, the squares appear to be tumbling and off balance, dancing in harmony and in counterpoint with the hares.
hares & squares is positioned at the edge of the field and intersects with the road. The road and the field are engaged by, and form part of the artwork, and in so doing, we are reminded that the road, field and indeed, most of us, are in essence foreign. Where we enjoy refuge, we must guide our actions with appreciation, humility and respect. The road provides access yet forms a boundary. How do we recognize when we have traveled too far beyond our boundaries, especially the limits of our place in nature?
hares & squares asks us to continually explore and consider how human intervention impacts ecological health and ultimately our own well-being.


With Gratitude (Second Posting) hares & squares

With Gratitude (hares & squares-Second Posting)
Over the next few weeks we will post some additional photos of the installed work as well as concept development/ construction images.
But first it is important to say thanks. Thanks to the fieldwork collective for inviting us to participate in its very interesting project and to the members of the collective for assisting with our installation. A special thanks to Susie Osler for her guidance, her unwavering confidence in us and for her extensive assistance over several months. Thanks to Ye for his critical input with design and construction. Thanks to Tom for his engineering/ construction advice and to Ken for his construction, delivery and installation assistance. Thanks to John for his installation help and for bringing much needed humour and joy to that part of the process. Thanks to Jahra and Marlise for their help and growing understanding.
Many friends and family members offered advice along the way and we appreciated every comment.
We have deep feelings of gratitude knowing that it is a privilege to undertake creative works and to experience the wonderful relationships that develop during and after their creation. We hope that our project brings, joy, wonder, delight, or at least a smile, to all who view hares & squares in the virtual domain, but hopefully many will experience the work in the field. Through experience with the project, we hope that we all might develop a stronger engagement with the field, with landscape, with nature, with each other and ultimately with our individual self.
Barbara and Real Eguchi