Installation, poetry and performance
Guelph, 2014 - Ongoing
ReMediate is a gesture of care that imagines reciprocity with a degraded landscape.
During the spring of 2014, I began an ongoing collaboration with Pollination Guelph and Anna Bowen to make a quilt for the decommissioned Eastview Landfill in Guelph. The 2,500 sq ft quilt is hand made from recycled paper and embedded with native seeds I collected from local wild and restored places. The quilt is sewn together entirely on site with public participation. As it disintegrates, the paper is yielding a garden -- habitat for threatened pollinators like solitary bees and wasps, bumble bees, butterflies and other indigenous species. My collaborator Anna Bowen has produced a series of poems that document the layered history of the landfill site and the making of the quilt.
ReMediate was generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council, the Guelph Community Foundation's Musagetes Fund, The City of Guelph through The Elevator Project and the Grand River Conservation Authority.
Gladstone GrowOp, The Gladstone Hotel Toronto 2016.
ReMediate, Art Gallery of Guelph (Boarding House Gallery), Guelph 2016.
ALT/FUTURES: Eco_Hack, Video installation on Mary Mattingly’s Swale, Brooklyn New York and at Archipiélago Art Space, Taipei Taiwan, 2016.
Photos: Anna Bowen, Robert Kingsbury, Janet Morton, Christina Kingsbury and Scott McGovern
Video: Robert Kingsbury, shot by Scott McGovern