Five Calgary-based artists as well as the water-witching workshop participants, were invited to create an individual, handheld artwork no larger than 3 in x 3 in x 3 in to be placed in its own weatherproof container (pictured below). Each container includes a guestbook with information about the artwork, artist, and the project.
The ten containers are hidden in the community of Quarry Park and the future of each piece will be subject to chance. You are invited to find these works. Click here for the google map that shows the locations of the artworks or scan the QR code below.
The project publication is available at the Quarry Park Library. Please email email@example.com if you would like a copy of the free publication. Scroll down to view the artworks created. Header (Top Image): Real Tree, Ways to Hide, 2016. Sean Taal. Video Still. One of three video works by Taal. To watch all three video works, find the hidden flash drive in Quarry Park. You can view Real Tree at http://vimeo.com/waterwitching. Scroll down to learn more.
Ashley Bedet, self described rock, 2016 Paper, Bow River Water, Ink, Elastic Band.
Cross sections of marble or granite* look strikingly similar to images of galaxies – indicating the millennia of specific environmental factors which illustrate a rocks history. Similarly, these rocks unfold to present the factors and consequences of their making. Marbled with water from the Bow River, they are an exercise in considering the time it takes to create that which lasts longer than a human life.
*Common materials for the facades of buildings in Quarry Park.
Ashley Bedet came back to Calgary, where she was born. Bedet is the product of many very different worlds reproducing, meeting difference, and then reproducing again. That makes her the product of at least four distinct separate paths. She graduated from NSCAD University in 2014 and has been slowly making and showing work since.
Elisa Fernandez-Leon, Trust, 2016 Acrylic and pen on cardboard.
This puzzle is meant as a reflection on being ourselves and trusting that we are enough.
Elisa Fernandez-Leon was born and raised in Costa Rica. She moved to Canada in 2013 to attend the University of Calgary as part of the graduate program in Archaeology. She combines the study of ancient Central American populations with her love for art by analyzing ceramic iconology.
Terrance Houle, aohkíí “water”, 2016 Sage, beads, sinew, canvas and cotton batting
This work is reference to the Bow River, a vital link to history of the area for indigenous and colonial peoples.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and raised on the Great Plains of North America, Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a proud member of the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe). Houle makes use of performance, photography, video & film, music and painting in his work. He graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2003 with a BFA Major in Fibre.
Pamela Krowicki, Tools of Permission, 2016 Clay and glaze
dig deep into the well of the soul
revelation concealed in the question
power in the tools?
or power in the trust, surrender, and trust?
the tool allows the question and the response
a comfortable filter
between me and my connection
Pamela Krowicki was born in Calgary and has always been interested in expressing creatively through the visual arts. She holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and currently works as a studio technician and instructor for a pottery studio in Calgary.
BLK. GHOST, 2016 pearl print
This photo was taken on a road trip down the pacific coast much nearer the equator than Quarry Park circa 2012. It made me think of water and of each coastline personally relating to all water, in a “I’ve been here before” kinda way. And also then imagining sooooooooo much more of it is being released. Creating ghosts, as it does what it does.
Bryce Krynski has taken many images and only ever put so many back. It’s a constant struggle. Whether on a wall or in a magazine, he likes to share some images sometimes with the people and then again sometimes not.
Jenne Newman, What is she telling you?, 2016 Paper and ink
Jenne Newman lives and works in Calgary AB as an art therapist, mother and co-creator. Her passions include exploring the wildness of our outdoor world to the intricacies of our inner worlds, through creativity and art-making.
Ruby Planidin, Teller, 2016 Paper and ink
Ruby Planidin is a nine year old who loves to engage with the world through narratives. You can often find her in a circle of friends, exploring outdoors or sitting amongst a pile of dolls, interpreting her world through story.
Nikki Reimer, tender tender tender, 2016
Nikki Reimer writes poetry, non-fiction and criticism, organizes in community, yells on the internet, and makes digital art. Reimer has published two books of poetry: DOWNVERSE (Talonbooks 2014) and [sic] (Frontenac House 2010), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her poetry has also been shortlisted for the Lit POP award.
Patty Amestica, Earthly Unravelling, 2016 Copper sheet, wire, garnet, crystal, rock
Patty Amestica arrived in Calgary in 1975 with her family as political refugees from Chile. Her interests stem from energy; to move and assist in clearing blocks or attachments with the intent to create calmness and peace in the body.
Sean Taal, Ways to Hide, 2016 Found sandstone, USB, and three videos
Ways to Hide is a collection of three videos displaying approaches to camouflage in public space. These videos show ways to occupy space while addressing anxieties of being watched. You can view the videos at http://vimeo.com/waterwitching.
Sean Taal is a visual artist who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. He attended the Alberta College of Art + Design, receiving a BFA in drawing in 2015. In 2012, he attended the AICAD New York Studio Residency program. Sean’s practice focuses on belief by utilizing a childhood fear of Sasquatch through drawing, installation, video, and performance.
Dazzle, Ways to Hide, 2016. Sean Taal. Video Still.