Artists in Residence Blog

February 1st, 2019 ~ Dreamy Days at Red Clay

Meesh Doucette and Jesse Roode

Meesh’s morning report ~

The mornings begin with a subtle spill of light glimmering over the bay… It’s just enough to find my dream journal.

As the sun emerges over the horizon, I finish my daily dream storyboarding.

Walking “The Meets & Bounds”.  Black tea and pink snow light fuels us.

With my clipboard in hand, I gather inspiration while greeting the forest, the creek, tiny animal footprints and hibernating art installations.

I wander behind Jesse along the mossy trails.

There is much to fuel the imagination…

The plant life beckons even in the winter. I find a winter dandelion and rose hips dripping among melting snow. Magic Mirrors. My insides shine yellow, my heart thaws red!

Visiting the happy hens is a favourite moment. An egg or two is offered for brunch. The only time I break my plant-based diet is for these happy eggs. Paired with organic beans, herbal tea, toast and raspberry jam from the Red Clay gardens; I’m filled with gratitude for this landscape’s nourishment.

Walking the bay keeps the daydreaming at play!

Jesse’s evening report ~

Energized by the days pondering and wondering, I compile a zine inspired by dreaming and Red Clay.

With a cup of warm evening coffee after a beautiful winter day, I illustrate stories of my inner realms.

I peek on Meesh. We’re both dream weaving.

The sun goes down. Dusk prepares us for slumber.

I perform my bedtime rituals.

An altar and journal are near to help the magic of merging the paralleling worlds.

 

March 2018

  

Kelly Zantingh is a visual artist originally from Ontario, working between video, film photography, and books. She has developed a nomadic practice and is based in various places; most recently at a residency in Porto, Portugal before arriving in Nova Scotia.

Her current project examines natural landforms and the surrounding environment as it responds to rapid change, with an emphasis on the stretching and compression of perceived time. Through the use of a stop-motion video, she documents the natural progression of time intercepted by her own actions as a means of altering the movements of the land. The video she is making while at Red Clay records the changes in the nearby body of water in the Bay of Fundy, and its effects on local geology and erosion along the seaside cliffs.

For more, check out her website.

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