Bridge Meditations and  Flight Patterns

Work In-Progress To be completed Spring 2019.

Bridge Meditations is a a video triptych and photographic series inspired by personal journeys across the Arlington Bridge, Slaw Rebchuck bridge and Louise bridge, while I was living in Winnipeg's North End.  This work explores walking as a methodology asking who was here on this land before me? who and what has been left out of the frame? how does the railway affect Canadian identity and memory today?  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 these three bridges as sites of personal transformation and decolonization through daily movement. Bridge Meditations moves to open up a conversation about the journey, bridges as safe spaces/sacred spaces and flight patterns.

Video triptych created with
Dawn Levand, song drum carrier
Peatr Thomas, drone videographer
Angus Cruikshank audio composer.

During the 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 as well. When I look at Daphne Odjig’s Thunderbird Woman, I saw 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?

 Thunderbird Woman, 1973, serigraph on paper. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Thunderbird Woman, 1973, serigraph on paper. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

In-progress installation at Wood Land School, Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, MB 2016.

Louise Bridge… in progress

Slaw Rebchuck Bridge… in progress