whip-poor-wills

Art on the Verge of Permaculture

Fieldwork - Whip-poor-will installation by Cresky, Walter and Osler

Whip-poor-will is a collaborative effort between artists Marc Walter (Wakefield), Lisa Creskey (Chelsea) and Susie Osler (Maberly).  They created it over 3 days of sourcing materials - branches, logs and material on-site that were the 'refuse' from winter cleanup at FIELDWORK mixed with layers of rotten hay and leaves.  The installation includes a large ceramic whip-poor-will by Cresky, and over 100 small white, seed-embedded, unfired clay moths by Osler placed within the 'nest' - that are meant to be 'distribtuted' around the site by visitors.  The nest is built to human scale - encouraging people to enter and 'feel' like a whip-poor-will might - camoflaged by its surrounding sanctuary or startled by the intrusion of others.  

The nest is located on the verge between the field and forest - a place symbolically situated between the 'cultured' (field), and wild' (forest).  Verges as we know are places that often host great diversity of life, or perhaps creativity...

The whip-poor-will is a rare bird in some parts of Ontario.  At FIELDWORK we are lucky to have a perfect habitat for these birds and each year they return to haunt us with their evening and dawn mantra..."Whip-poor-will-whip-poor-will-whip-poor-will-whip-poor-will-whip-poor-will-whip-poor-will...."

Whip-poor-will  will remain here permanently.  Next spring the artists plan to cover the entire structure with more forest debris, soil and hay and plant into it - in the hopes that over time it will break down, contributing habitat to the local flora and fauna.  The installation is, in effect, an example of Hugelkultur meeting art...   And one of art that works in and with the land - taking both inspiration and materials from the site and cycling them creatively into a new form that hopefully leaves a positive footprint on the landscape and the imagination.
 

Gearing up for another great year at Fieldwork

With 2 weeks to go before the opening of our 2014 exhibition, things are heating up around the field.  Spring has arrived in its full glory. After a long dormancy the poplars are just beginning to blush verdant green, the pin cherries are blossoming, the field is greening up fast and the air is rich with the layered and looping song of frogs and birds. Artists too are making their way to FIELDWORK, enlivening spaces within the landscape with their creative activities. 

Five new installations are being built in the few weeks before the opening on May 24th.  Here are a couple of pics of the first two as they evolve within the landscape.  The collaboration between Barbara Cuerden and Karina Kraenzle, Speaking Volumes: A Monument to the Book and Whip-poor-will, a collaboration between Marc Walter, Lisa Cresky and Susie Osler.

speaking volumes in process

 

 

 

 

 

 

whip-poor-will in process
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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