Scars of the Klondike

Scars of the Klondike deals largely with themes sourced from research regarding the dredging of the Klondike Valley from 1904–1966. Dredging is a form of mining used to extract placer gold via a process of redirecting the river, digging up the ground, shaking the material with water and extruding/ejecting the leftover rocks. The installation combines two large printed textiles, forming an immersive diptych that evokes the contrasting aspects of this method of mining. It gives an opportunity to reflect on the peculiar nature of the patterns created by the dredge when abstracted, and the destructive yet mechanical nature of dredging.