At the beginning of October 2016 we participated in a multi-arts festival that explored the theme of 'walking' organized by 4 Elements Living Arts in Kagawong on Manitoulin Island. This festival seeks to explore a world outside traditional gallery and museum spaces by emphasizing land art, performance art, music and riverside installations.
Placing our painting along the Kagawong River trail next to salmon swimming up stream, eagles swooping down from atop trees was an experience on its own. We stumbled across hidden treasures or thoughtful pieces such as Matt Ceolin's flags and trace paths, and Judy Martin's cloth halo path which made us think about the act of walking, a daily ritual, in a much bigger context; playing with introspection and the cultural inscription of humans to the earth, along with our connection to movement and ecology.
We would like to thank curator Sophie Edwards and Patricia Mader and all of the volunteers who brought this festival together!
Our piece explored the idea of the 'selfie stick' vs. the 'walking stick' using animal narratives and humour to bring to light sociocultural influences. Please do take a peek at the video highlighting the artists at Guided Art Walk & Talk.