winter gestures/beacon whispers

winter gestures - the path

fieldwork winter installation 2008/09, susie osler

Beacon in-situ

susie osler fieldwork winter installation
susie osler fieldwork winter installation
susie osler fieldwork winter installation
susie osler fieldwork winter installation
susie osler fieldwork winter installation

It is amazing what one can do in an hour with a chain saw, a back hoe, a shovel, and a big, beautiful, old, dead pine tree. My neighbour, Dave, leant his expertise and machinery to the cause yesterday and dragged a gorgeous old pine pole from a swampy roadside spot just down the road, to its winter home in the Field. This 'beacon' will become part of my winter installation 'Winter Gestures/Beacon Whispers' which is beginning to take shape.  More detailed information about the goings on in the field this winter will be coming so check back to see what's happening and how you can participate. 

Here, for now, are some pictures of the beacon being 'relocated' to the Field.

beacon whispers

susie osler fieldwork winter 2008 installation

First Gesture

 susie osler winter 2008/09 fieldwork installation
 susie osler winter 2008/09 fieldwork installation
 susie osler winter 2008/09 fieldwork installation
 susie osler winter 2008/09 fieldwork installation
 susie osler winter 2008/09 fieldwork installation

It snowed last night and all day today leaving a field of white wet snow blanketing the ground. What better time to draw some preliminary ’sketches’ and ‘limber up’ for my upcoming field work! These pictures are a taste of things to come.Snow (providing there is some) will provide the canvas, gallery space, and (some of the material) I use to explore both psychological and physical realms of winter. Check back for more developments!  

Snow Bales 

I made a couple of seed balls with wildflower seeds, clay, and compost that I used as the nucleus of the snow ‘bales’. The hope is that when they melt, a small cluster of seeds will be left to sprout in the field next spring. 

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