Landscapes inspire the use of the wide-open spaces and natural elements to experience art. This work, with its conjunction to the world, contains a spatial meaning to the here and the now. It also expresses its own past, values, and conventions, and it offers its audience an interesting and challenging change of perspective. Some things cannot be experienced in the confinements of traditional gallery spaces. The exploration of the vast region of landscapes, extends beyond gallery walls. Viewing art in unfamiliar places challenges the viewer to accept the conceptual complexities of site-specific artwork.
Currently, I am exploring the construction of site specific installations and sculptures using materials that come from the land, thus going back to the land.
This installation was a communally built particle mandala 40 feet in diameter, at the 2016 Saskatchewan Children’s Festival using natural materials. Artist, Laura Hosaluk, and community partners, Lori Petruskevich and Elder Elder Jospeh Naytowhow, arranged visits to 15 local grade 4 to 6 classrooms ahead of the festival, introducing students to the concept of mandalas, and explain how the ancient Tibetan ideas that inspired mandalas (such as peace, unity, and contemplation of your place in a wider world) are reflected in other cultures (such as the Medicine Wheel concept in First Nations culture) and can still be resonate in modern life today.
This project was inspired by an ongoing project by the organization of Compassion in the 306, for which the creation of the “Mandala of Compassion” by a Tibetan Lama (teacher) who has visited Saskatchewan for more than a decade.