“Glacial Memories”
Site Work: Peyto Glacier, Columbian Ice Fields. Alberta 1998 glacial silt, time, cast bowls and disks
Non-Site Work: Charles Scott Gallery, Vancouver 1999 glacial silt, pendulum, yellow cedar, collected personal icons

Peyto Glacier is part of the Columbian Ice Fields of Banff National Park, Canada. Peyto Glacier is an outflow glacier from the Wapta Icefield, which rests along the Continental Divide. The glacier face is subject to high melt rates from season to season. Glacial silt, which is carried from the glacier by streams, ensures a turquoise appearance to Peyto Lake. As is true for the vast majority of glaciers worldwide, Peyto Glacier has been retreating rapidly, especially since the last half of the 20th century, and has reportedly lost 70% of its mass since it was first researched in the late 1800's.

Site Work: We constructed a series of works using cast vessels along the fluvial silt deposits that flow into Peyto lake from the glacial face. We left the vessel structures over night collecting the silt deposited into them from the melting glacier. The glacier holds layers of memory revealed in it’s melting, exposing the materials and the processes that shape it. We then trekked the challenging route of the glacier lake to the mouth of the glacier itself always conscious of geological time.

Non-Site Work: Using the silt originally collected at the glacier we created a new work at the Charles Scott Gallery in Vancouver dedicated to the Peyto Glacier and our experiences there. This consisted of a large offering vessel in which we incised each of our own migratory routes over time revealing the processes that shape us. We embedded a magnet underneath the surface of the mapped routes denoting our present location of the city of Vancouver. A pendulum hung overhead centered above the bowl created a diagonal line through attraction to the magnet. The globe–like skirt to the work was done in yellow cedar with hand written text specific to Vancouver. The whole structure was supported with legs wrapped with personal icons.

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