Collaborative Project by Elizabeth Xu and Michael MacLean
All photos by: Megan Moore
A work within the Exhibition titled Esprit Diver, In Val David, QC.
Current Patterns is a print-based textile installation that seeks to explore the space between cycles of generational and seasonal change. The project harnesses and blends both contemporary and traditional technical approaches into a seamless unity. The installation visually addresses the power of nature and water in all of its repetitive, omnipotent, unceasing forces. Through the multiplicity of the print practices, the labour intensive processes, and the cross-generational technical approaches, Current Patterns seeks to immerse the viewer in an all-encompassing space.
The technical execution of the project unites contemporary and traditional techniques, laser-engraving and woodcut printmaking, video projections and textile manipulation. A seamless, ever-expanding pattern of the breakup of the ice in a river is consistently repeated, drawing links between the cross generational techniques, the repetitive printing of the fabric, and the ever cyclical nature of winter. During the night – another time period representative of natural changes – the space will be transformed by a video projection of rushing water. The imagery of ice breakup and moving water not only act as a signifier of cyclicality and natural force, but as bold moments of change, movement, and seasonal power. Viewers are invited to enter the constructed space and immerse themselves and find their space between the repetition and cyclicality.
View this project as a part of the 2016 Riverside Arts Festival in Dawson City Yukon at Current Patterns: Dawson City