opening announcement

FIELDWORK 2013 Opening - Five Fresh Offerings

The grass is getting greener at FIELDWORK these daysBuds are bursting. The ground has softened, and all sorts of birds are migrating back to the field, scouting about for some new digs after their long winter sojourns south.  Soon they will also be watching with curiosity as 5 new artists migrate to the site from various parts of Canada to spend time exploring, observing, creating and installing work in preparation for the opening of the FIELDWORK 2013 season.
On Saturday, May 18 from 2-4pm you are invited to join in the spring revelry at the opening of FIELDWORK’s 6th season of presenting imaginative art in and around a road-side field.  Meet the artists and hear what they have to say about their creative process during a brief introduction to their work at 2:30pm.

The artists presenting work at FIELDWORK are a diverse lot.  Winnipeg based inter-media artist Leah Decter will spend a week at FIELDWORK investigating the relationships between beaver and human settlements and processes of (de)colonising.  Decter's work at FIELDWORK is the third in her ongoing series, Castor Canadensis.

Saskatchewan’s Laura Hale will fly in to spend 10 days using materials found on site to create one of her ephemeral environmental landworks.  Hale reflects on and responds to the environment she is in, building her work in situ.  It will be interesting to see how the FIELDWORK site inspires her.

For those ‘robins’ amongst us with ears to the ground, you’ll want to check out Lanark County resident Sheila Macdonald’s interactive ‘eardrum’.  Intended as part auditorium and part messaging system to the underground it invites us all to consider the sonic culture of the soil – and to have a bit of fun!

For the creatures looking to move up in the world, Uta Riccius’ suburban nests may be the dream homes they are looking for.  Her foam ‘mobile homes’ comment on the suburban sprawl, packaged houses, and the artificial perception of choice she witnesses on her home turf of Ottawa. 

FIELDWORK Collective member, Erin Robertson (Wakefield) will also be stretching her creative wings in the 5th new spot on the site.  Work by several previous FIELDWORK artists will also continue through this season.  There will be much to explore!

FIELDWORK is free and open to the public all the time throughout the year. For more information about the project visit, or Facebook:  Fieldwork – Land.Art.Exploration

The FIELDWORK Collective extends heartfelt gratitude to the Ontario Arts Council for supporting the project’s 6th year.


Field of Fortune - Spring Installation by Cynthia O'Brien

fieldwork - Field of Fortune - Cynthia O'Brien

Well, It seems like winter has come and gone in a blink of an eye this year, and this is the last week 'Winter' officially.  Hence it is also the last week of Henny Kjellberg's installation 'Freedom to Roam'.  If you have not yet seen her fence this is the week to do it! 

Next weekend, fieldwork's Spring 2010 installation will be appear.  On Sunday, March 21 (the Vernal Equinox), Ottawa artist Cynthia O'Brien will be performing the installation of her work Field of Fortune.  She will map out the constellation of Virgo – the virginal hope for the future – with oversized clay fortune cookies.  She’ll then go on to ‘sow’ the field with small edible fortune cookies – all to be left to dissolve with the snow and to ‘seed’ the field with hopes and fortunes for the future.

The concept for O’Brien’s performance and installation was inspired by painter Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘The Sower’ (1888), and the vernal equinox – the date she installs her work.  In Van Gogh’s painting, a peasant farmer toils in hopes of a future crop that will enable his family to live a meager life.  Imitating the actions of the farmer, O’Brien says she will sow a ‘crop for the spirit’ in the form of fortune cookies.  Over the course of the season, as the cookies dissolve, their fortunes will be revealed.  Field of Fortune is an installation that explores the interaction between humans and nature, and our hopes for the future.

O’Brien is an active member of the Ottawa arts community.  Working primarily with clay, Cynthia has in recent years begun to take on the challenge of using ceramic objects in public installations, with exhibitions in Ottawa’s Chinatown, and a large public commission for the Goulbourn Recreation Center (Ottawa).  This is her first rural public art installation.

O’Brien’s performance will begin at 2pm at the site.  All are welcome to help celebrate the arrival of fieldwork’s spring installation (and Spring itself) by joining us for this performance and the opening to follow.  Soup and beverage will be served to all intrepid visitors.
Directions can be found by clicking on the link 'location' in the menu to the right.  Inquiries can be directed to us at

Hope to see you here!

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!

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