When: four weeks in April, 2016 Where: Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC) Studio space: upstairs at gallery. Subject: Gray birch are native to this area in Nova Scotia. The young trees were harvested from the local landscape as part of land management. They are also known as ‘wire birch’. The trees were suspended, using twine, from the roof of a makeshift cage made of rusted metal grids, each approximately 8 feet by 8 feet. Each frame (previously used in a horticulture setting) was wired to another adjacent frame to create a cube like space. The frame defined the space that the four trees occupy. Once the trees were inside the cage, a video with sound was projected onto them, of a brook which is their natural habitat. Other experiments included the projection of poetry and interiors.
Initial experiments: Using a fish tank as a test space, forsythia cuttings were hung from the top, using twine and plastic wrap to help seal in moisture. They bloomed spectacularly, but did not form roots. The next stage was to take the concept of grid, which is an efficient way to ensure each cutting has its own space, and then allow the plant to do its own thing.