Beach Feast, 2019

A multimedia installation that follows a durational narrative, activated by projected video and sound. Flowing from day to night, ocean waves to lobster feast to evening campfire, the synthesized environment simulates personal memories and observations of Atlantic Canadian beaches. This plot is disrupted by clips from the instructional video “How to Eat a Lobster with Alan Smith.” Found objects (rocks, fishing rope, shells) from the Bay of Fundy coast are transformed through an instinctual process of play and experimentation. Sticks are balanced using rope, netting, twine, and rocks as counterweights to emulate driftwood shelters. Flagging tape, zip ties, cans and dried flowers are layered through the space. By removing objects from their contexts and presenting them in new and unusual ways – yet familiar through personal experience and memory – Beach Feast creates a fictitious oceanside environment grounded in familial history and sensory-based observations of Maritime culture and landscape. Found video and audio, sourced online, mimic the sights and sounds of a typical oceanside-side experience, but are dissonant with the truthful retelling of these memories. This installation considers how found materials act as signifiers of place and landscape when they are manipulated and arranged in space according to specific acts of recollection.

21 minutes, looped 10 x 6 x 8 ft.

Materials: acetate, acrylic paint, adhesive vinyl, aluminum tape, canvas, cigarette butts, crab leg, dried flowers, driftwood, elastic bands, firewood, feather, found video and sound, gesso, graphite, grommets, plastic twine, rocks, rope, sea sponge, spray paint, tin can, vellum, vinyl sheeting, zip ties

Technical requirements: computer, oscillating fan, projector, speakers, VPT 8 software