Between all the planning for the various events and workshops, I been enjoying quiet studio time at Richmond Nature Park, working on the legacy book. In reflection to the language demographic of the community here, the book will be wordless, letting the images be interpreted without the boundaries of linguistics. Therefore, the imageries become even more important and the transitions between need to speak volumes. I am excited to share with you the book in full soon at Silent Wonders, the celebratory exhibition of the project but in the meantime, here are some sneak peaks.
One of the themes of the book is the passage of time. As the residency is a yearlong, I thought the perfect way of presenting that idea is through the seasons. I been documenting the changes of winter to spring and spring to summer that occurs at the park. The changes in colour, density of the plants and even the sky – it is an amazing process to behold. Many people have told me that their favourite from the four seasons is fall, which one is yours?
The funny situation is that I needed to get the book ready before autumn fully hits the Nature Park. Therefore, it was actually the only one that I had to imagine through the descriptions from the staff and photos references from the Wild Things event in the past. I used summer as the base and changed the colours and shapes of the leaves. They say it is pretty accurate, so I am excited to see if that is true later in October.
As the newt is a creature which cannot hear nor see well, we been drawing inspiration from its limited senses as the premises of the project. The book reflects that through artist and community interpretations on the senses in relations to the land and water. Here is a glimpse on the texture of earth; expressed through the taste of slugs which Newton eats and conveyed through abstracted colours and layers of artwork by the community.