Bridge Meditations and Flight Patterns
Work In-Progress To be completed fall 2019.
Bridge Meditations is a photographic series and video triptych about crossing bridges. Inspired by personal journeys across the Arlington Bridge, Slaw Rebchuck bridge and Louise bridge, Bridge Meditations moves to open up a conversation about navigating pathways, the bridge as safe /sacred space and bird flight patterns.
Bridge Meditations explores walking and singing to honor those who were here on this land before me and to learn the stories/ songs of this land Treaty 1. I am curious about traditional movement across and along the river, as well as my movement as a guest living on Treaty 1 Territory. This work is also about challenging the bridge as a Western European structure and investigating them as sites of personal transformation and decolonization through daily movement.
During 2016, I participated in Wood Land School Residency at Plug in ICA, facilitated by Jaimie Issac and Duane Linklater. The theme, Daphne Odjig's Thunderbird Woman, was influential to this work. When I look at Daphne Odjig’s Thunderbird Woman, I see her shifting between two bodies; two worlds; two perspectives, while at the same time Thunderbird Woman is cohesive and strong. I am prompted to ask: how do Indigenous and settler paths intertwine and crossover when there are different value systems, politics and relationships with the land?