opening and barnparty 2012 - gallery photos

Fieldwork 2012
fieldwork 2012
fieldwork 2012
fieldwork 2012
fieldwork 2012

Emotional Mending

When I visited fieldwork in spring 2010, I fell in love with it and the idea it represents. fieldwork shows us that you can find art unexpectedly in unusual places. The element of surprise at this location gives artwork a completely different context than when one finds it in a gallery space. 
In thinking about my work for fieldwork I imagined the quiet, mysterious, pine forest as a perfect background for my work. I decided that my work should address two simple things: mending and grafting trees.For me sculpture is a process of thinking and ideas which first evolve on paper and later in form.  After a year of thinking, drawing and knitting, the work for this location was ready to install. The artificial knitted branches will be up for half of the year; silent witnesses of season changes. During most of this time, the branches will stand out awkwardly from the trees, looking like tree prosthesis or grafted branches.  They will show visitors the way out, the way in, or give them the freedom to be lost in the absolute silence of a pine forest.

Some Thoughts About Creature Trail - An Installation by Stefan Thompson (Autumn 2012)

fieldwork, stefan thompson, creature trail, wool

Early Morning:  This picture (above) was taken the morning before i put on the finishing touches.  Its definitely deer like, but also kind of looks part dinosaur.

I arrived at fieldwork about 9 days before the opening.  I wanted to create a trail through the woods on which viewers could find hidden creatures.  So i named the installation creature path. I made markers to help visitors find their way to each of the creatures.  It was a great challenge and I learned a lot.  Around the third day I remember walking barefoot to the swamp to collect willow branches in the middle of an amazing torrential downpour.  You know, the kind of storms that just soak you and the rain moves around in waves.  When you were a kid you probably ran outside in your underwear in these.  It was September, but still fairly warm out.  

The sculptures and drawings of the creature path were made on site but I did prepare some of my materials in advance.  This is a picture of the wool i used, drying between trees at my studio in Rupert QC. Theres a lake there so i brought the wool out to a raft in the canoe.  It was surprising to see how easily the oils washed out of the fiber with a little soap and lake water.  I tried felting the wool after arriving at fieldwork but I wasn't really prepared or experienced with the procedure.  I ended up wrapping it around the wood frame of my 'deer like' sculpture. You can also see rawhide and buckskin, some of the material i used to tie the wool in place around the underlying frame.  The coloring is made from charcoal mixed with beeswax.  Its all natural so it can decay on sight when its ready.  I expect a lot of birds in the area will be lining their nests with wool this spring.  And someone will likely get a meal from it at some point.

Hiders: The First things I made when I came to fieldwork where some drawings on birch trees (using a homemade crayon).  I ended up working on a fair number of creatures by the time I finished.  Some obvious, others  harder to find.  Here is an example of one that I think could easily go unnoticed by viewers.

Many thanks to the fieldwork team for having me and especially Susie for helping me through the process and generously housing me at her farm.














Upcoming Barn Party - Fieldwork is Five!

We've got a big day of events coming up soon at fieldwork.  It's been a busy year with workshops, many new installations, visiting artists, and, coming soon, the opening of 5 new installations for the Autumn/Winter season, as well as our first fundraising party (WE ARE SOLD OUT OF TICKETS) in celebration of our 5 years of presenting site-responsive public art, free to the public in a field in eastern Ontario!  Thank you artists, supporters (like you) and funding agencies (like the Ontario Arts Council) for making this possible these past 5 years.

So what's in store this September???

When:  Saturday, September 15, 2012

Opening ALL WELCOME. Free admission.  3-5pm at fieldwork (see directions in menu to the right).  5 new installations by artists Chris Grosset (Almonte), Stefan Thompson (Ottawa), Joan Scaglione (Kingston), Bozica Radjenovic (Ottawa), and Alicia Marvan (Mexico).

Where:  See 'location' in the menu to the right

Barn Party  SOLD OUT!    Doors open 7:30pm. Music starts 8pm.  Tickets $20  (must be purchased in advance).  Contact us at to reserve/purchase.

Where:  Wildwood Farm Barn -  across the road from fieldwork

Two fantastic bands:  The Good Right Arm Stringband (Toronto), and The King of Swingers (Westport). 

Desserts, snacks and beverages will be available.

We recognize that some may be coming from afar so we welcome campers from out of town (though please contact us to let us know numbers).  Campers must be self-sufficient.  Note, that due to dry conditions no campfires will be permitted.

Sorry but we cannot accept your pets....

More information will be posted in the coming weeks so stay tuned (and join our facebook group for further postings fieldwork - land art exploration)

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