Symposium d'art actuel : Espace Cathédrale
Constellation / Sillage -Caraquet, Canada (2009)
Photo by François Gaudet
This installation was produced during the contemporary art symposium Espace Cathédrale that was held in Caraquet NB. Ten artists where invited to create in situ work within the theme of “cathedral space” for the duration of the month of July 2009. Studios were open to the public and weekly art talks were presented by each artist. When I arrived on sight, I spoke with many of the locals about some of the issues affecting the area. I had heard a CBC report about the many shores in the area and other oceans overpopulating with jellyfish possibly due to over fishing and global warming. Many fish species feed on the jellyfish polyps before full maturation hence keeping the jellyfish population in check. Jellyfish also populate faster in warmer ocean temperatures. My world soon became immersed with jellyfish, modern seiners, fancy fish detecting equipment with sonar and other tackle. Constellation is made of Mulberry paper and ink suspended in the form of a nautilus. A breeze created by people walking in the nautilus would make the paper wave progressively throughout the piece giving the impression of jellyfish moving by currents. The connecting piece Sillage which is a French word for wake (a trail of disturbed water) is made by drawing directly on the wall and stringing translucent vellum. Like the circular shape of the nautilus, this part of the piece finds its reference in star charts, nautical maps, sonar screens, pixels and fishing lines.