Installation: found rope, recycled jars and plastic pop bottles, wood shelves. The unique colours of rope stood out amongst the rocks, the trees and beach sand of Cracroft Island. As an artist in resident, there to react to the landscape, I found all this rope, its textures; sizes and patterns have a beauty of their own. I wanted to preserve something, so I canned rope. We cut it up like we used to do with fish, before we became vegan. Filling jars for future dinners.
We were there as guests of the guardians of Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve, a sanctuary for killer whales. Access by boat or land is prohibited and CETUS Rangers are there to insure compliance or to escort boats out of the Reserve if they happen to motor or paddle across the boundary line in the water.
Unfortunately there are exceptions: Industrial activity, barges and cruise ships, and the flotsam and jetsam of our industrialized world and of course all that rope.
The Ecological Reserve, at least is one area we have de-colonized.
the reach art gallery, Abbotsford Arts Council
Installation Collaboration Rosa Quintana Lillo and Mike Edwards
Shelter in Place: The Kitchen Table" by Rosa Quintana Lillo and Mike Edwards. This third and final installment in the "Shelter in Place" series is a collaborative project at the reach art gallery, Abbotsford, BC, May 2020
Through the arts of food and conversation, flavors are tasted, ideas are sculpted and friends are made. It’s interesting how at the table certain norms of civilization are forged: no cussing, don’t draw on the furniture. In the before times we had Drawing Nights, with other artists, friends and family. With 5 leaves in the table, 8 to 10 of us could sit, draw, eat and drink, we would feed each other’s creativity. The COVID 19 Pandemic changed everything. The kitchen table still brings daily comfort and pleasure to our household but now its just the two of us, Mike Edwards and Rosa Quintana, we have re-examined priorities and they are centred more toward our immediate needs. Now at the kitchen table it’s planting seedlings, planning our subsistence garden, or designing a better potato fork. The food, conversation and ideas have become local, functional. Now it’s ok to draw on the furniture, doodle ideas of the present, sketch plans for the future. The drawing and painting is of whatever comes to mind or hand in the last month of self-isolation. Our kitchen table is dictating the size and shape of our work. We have stretched canvass over the top of our table and are drawing and painting on it throughout the day.