Brass, wool, hair, silk, silver, feather, cotton, blended yarns.
Migration is an exhibit which examines the migratory map of one lesser black backed gull over 5 years as a vehicle to examine my experience with mood disorder.
This body of work seeded from a previous project, Golden Bones. The collection and interaction with bones during that project led to questioning of where the bones may have come from. How did they end up where they were collected? What was the experience of the animal from which the bones came?
Research into breeding colonies, tidal patterns, and animal behaviours indicated that some of the bones may have belonged to lesser black backed gulls. These gulls are migratory, and some breed in colonies in Northern England, where the project first began. Research into lesser black backed gulls, their migration and behaviours fed this body of work.
Migration uses the experience of one migratory bird over a span of five years to reflect upon mood disorder. Migratory routes and the effects of mood disorder are both varying yet often cyclical. Experience of one gull is impacted, and impacts upon, the colony. Geographical and ecological factors affect the exact routes followed through migration. Experience, internal and external factors are similarly impacting to those living with mood disorder.
The cyclical, unconscious, and intuitive nature of migration makes is an interesting vehicle through which to explore the experience of mood disorder. How does the experience of one bird amongst a colony represent the plight and experience of the group? How can reflecting upon migratory birds enable us to reflect upon the movements and cycles within our own behaviours and moods? How does behaviour of one bird affect the group? How does behaviour of the group affect the individual? How much awareness does the individual have on it's path? Why does the route differ? How do we choose our own paths? Do we choose our paths?
Sculpture, tapestry and jewellery are used to explore experience, path, and traces left behind. Negative space, and sightlines through wirework sculpture; the softness of woven textile; muted colour palettes; matte or unfinished metal forms; the mindful experience of pulling shaped, undulating metal through the ear. All relate both to the patterns and experience of the one gull, and all relate to the experience of depression through mood disorder.
This body of work will be exhibited at Open Sesame in Kitchener, Ontario from August 31-October 21, 2018.