Works in progress

January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

1. I spent time on one beach, transporting the stones from the shoreline to another beach area on the island, and then transporting sand from there to the first. People have such an investment in ‘taking things in’ and having an understanding or measure of a place, but now when people stand there at these places there will be a small part of it that has come from an unknown. An unknown unknown. I want to do this in Iceland too, where there is a beach of black sand.

2. I read blog posts of people who had visited the Island where they describe what what they did and where they went, and I went out to try and recreate their journey. An uninvited pilgrimage to the steps of unknown people.

3. I found feathers and made a nest, a sort of hyper-realistic one so that if someone stumbled on it, it might seem too perfect, too put together.

4. I walked some labyrinths and pulled a string behind me and at the end I buried a secret. But to get to the secret you have to find the string on your own accord and follow it, the same path. Maybe there is something there that will touch your head and so you have to bow to avoid it.

5. I have made a dictionary of ice/Arctic water forms from a variety of books I have read, and I am painting them, what I think they look like, as a sort of index of imagined forms. Maybe they will somehow resemble what they are if the term is exact enough, or makes me recall images seen briefly in my visual life. If I show them to other people as a representation, they might believe it.


The form of water

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I read a book about six months ago about the delineation of water and land, that liminal space of brackish water, marshes, tides, estuaries, river mouths, tidal pools, bayous. The sorts of objects there, tidal markers, lighthouses, flotsam and jetsam – ships that pass over this and through that. I find this sort of language very very interesting. I also love the terminology and dictionaries that sailors made in the 1600-1800s – those who took journeys to the arctic and other areas, names for ice flows, ice sheets, hard and soft snow, icebergs in formation. I wonder how many other local or site specific vernaculars exits to describe the water/land meeting points, their tributies, and the petering of known things from a shoreline. A dictionary of known water forms and their angularities.

Then imagine making all of them with light sculptures.


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A Voyage of Discovery, 1819

Made under the orders of the Admiralty, in, His Majesty’s Ships, Isabella and Alexander, for the purpose of exploring Baffin’s Bay and inquiring into the probability of NORTH-WEST PASSAGE.

By John Ross, K.S. Captain Royal Navy





Iceberg, an insulated mountain of ice.

A Floe, a piece of ice of a considerable size, but the extent of which can be distinguished.

A Patch, a number of pieces of ice overlapping and joining each other.

A Stream, a number of pieces of ice joining each other in a ridge on any particular direction.

Loose Ice, a number of pieces near each other, but through which the ship can make way.

Sailing Ice, a number of pieces at a distance, sufficient for a ship to be able to beat a windward among it.

Brash Ice, ice in a broken state, and in such small pieces, that the ship can easily force through.

Cake Ice, ice formed in the early part of the same season.

Bay Ice, newly-formed ice, having the colour of the water.

Hummocks of Ice, humps of ice thrown up by some pressure, or force, on a field or floe.

Heavy Ice, that which has a great depth in proportion, and is not in a state of decay.

A Lane, or Vein, a narrow channel between two floes or fields.

Beset, surrounded with ice, so as to be obliged to remain immovable.

Nipt, caught and jammed between two pieces of ice.

A Tongue, a piece projecting from the part of an iceberg which is under water.

A Calf, a piece of ice which breaks from the lower part of a field or berg, and rises with violence to the surface of the water.

A Barrier, ice stretching from the land ice to the sea ice, or across a channel, so as to be impassable.

Land Ice, ice attached to the shore within which there is no channel.

Sea Ice, ice within which there is a separation from the land.

Download the book. Warning for colonial descriptions of First Nations people.

Shallow Water

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Goods thrown into the sea with a buoy attached so that they may be found again. Goods or materials found or left on the sea floor.


Floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo (in particular fragments from a shipwreck.). Also, floating debris.


Part of a ship, its equipment, or its cargo that is purposefully cast overboard or jettisoned to lighten the load in time of distress and that sinks or is washed ashore.


Cargo that is also on the bottom of the ocean, but which no one has any hope of reclaiming. Forsaken, and (of ship) abandoned at sea; dilapidated, neglected.

The 1591 record – Articles concerning the admiralty of England, and the jurisdiction thereof stated:

“Any ship, yron, leade, or other goods floating or lying under the water or in the depth, of which there is no possessor or owner, which commonly are called Flotzon, Jetson, and Lagan.”


What is found, rescued or reclaimed. Anything that has been put to good use that would otherwise have been wasted.

What is found

What is found

Otherwise have been wasted.

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