This is the art piece I have done for the Gabriola Arts Councils’ annual gala fundraiser. The work started with a chart of Gabriola Passage that included Drumbeg Park, so I decided that that was what I wanted to focus on, that and the idea of travelling and how you end up in the place you do. It made sense given the complicated story of how we came to be where we are.
It’s made from a cigar box (an actual cigar box, i.e. one that contained cigars) that was given to me by the artist Ross Penhall, whom I met in the dog-room of a ferry on one of my many commuting crossings between the Island and Vancouver. He’d just acquired a batch for his own work, and very generously gave me a couple of them. When this project came up I knew that I wanted to use one of them. Thanks, Ross!
The photos are all mine, taken at the park.
The words are sampled from Drumbeg Park, by Naomi Beth Wakan, who kindly gave me permission to use them. Thanks, Naomi!
In the end, the meaning of the piece changed considerably from my original intentions. Really, this is a piece that is all about kindness and generosity, and the passages from one place or state to another that bring the interconnections that situate us at the centre of our very own maps.