Alisha Gould
Ebb N 45° 49.706. W 064° 34.952
Flood N 45° 49.706. W 064° 34.952
Mud from the ocean floor, Platform
36" x 48" x 3" each
The lines were formed by mud collected from the site. The method of transferring the sediment from the ocean floor to the site of the piece mimics the process of erosion that created Hopewell Cape millions of years ago and continues to shape the form of the space and thus dictate our experience there. The dimension of the lines create a miniature mountain range that mimics the origin of Hopewell Rocks - once larger than the Rockies and older than the Appalachian. As the mud in this experiment dries over time it cracks and creates vertical fissures which is how the large rocks in this bay were formed.
On the wall pieces, small sections have fallen off leaving only a remnant of the original form in areas, which also mimics the process of erosion in the bay. This fragmentation disrupts the continuity of the line, which as a representation of a border in mapping, would appear as fixed and finished. The specificity of the material used in the experiment allows the piece to become a microcosm of it!s source and, like “Slack Tide”, creates shifts in scale that are both spatial and temporal.
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