erin robertson

Erin Robertson's Ephemeroptera 2013






















Mayflies are fitting symbol for spring. The adult's sole purpose in life is to mate - talk about "spring fever"!  Their mouths are sealed shut when they emerge from their water-born naiad to adulthood phase - during which all energy is expended in their one-day flying orgy!  The delicate  beauty they exhibit in this stage is as short lived as it is exquisite.

I chose to create their form in recycled panel board for my Spring installation Ephemeroptera at FIELDWORK this year. This installation consists of fake wood panel boards transformed into mayflies which hang in their final metamorphoses on a tree on a knoll behind the field. To the left is a rocking chair made of astroturf plugged into a nearby tree, providing FIELDWORK visitors a naturally powered and comfortable view through the trees to the wetlands below. Manufactured nature in a natural setting is a tricky contrast and on close inspection reveals much.
Carpe Diem!

- Erin Robertson

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!

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.



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!

Installing Heavenly Blue

Erin Robertson installing fieldwork's spring installation 'Heavenly Blue'

fieldwork opening for 'Heavenly Blue' and 'Hares and Squares'

Real Eguchi's 'Hares and Squares'. Fieldwork's summer 2009 installation
Erin Robertson's 'Heavenly Blue'.  Fieldwork's Spring 2009 installation

fieldwork invites you to the opening picnic for 'Heavenly Blue' (spring installation), and 'Hares and Squares' (summer installation). Erin Robertson, maker of the terracotta soldier patrolling the field, and  Real Eguchi and Barbara Flanagan-Eguchi, makers of 'Hares and Squares' will be present.

When:  Saturday, July 11, 2009.  4pm and on
Where:  the field across the road from 2501Old Brooke Rd. (near Maberly, ON) or visit our location page for a map/directions

We will provide light refreshments but encourage you to bring family and friends, a picnic, and the desire to relax and stay a while, meet the artists, and have a meal in our open-air 'gallery'.  If weather permits (ie. it isn't too dry, or raining), we will follow with a bonfire for any who'd like to stay on.  (Please note, due to other critters around we ask that you leave your pets at home)

For those of you unable to come to the opening, the installations will be up for the duration of the summer, so please stop by when/if you can!

fieldwork's Spring Installation - Heavenly Blue by Erin Robertson

Erin Robertson's 'Heavenly Blue' spring fieldwork installation

Last Sunday we installed Erin Robertson's sculpture Heavenly Blue in the field.   From a distance (ie. the road), he is amazingly convincing - looking like a lone figure standing guard in the field.  A few people have told me that they've waved at it as they drive by, not realizing until later that he's a man made of clay.

Erin will be posting about her work in the near future so stay tuned.

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