Salt & Sage | Banff Springs Internment Memorial and Ceremonial Landscape
In this series of works, I reconsider how meaning is ascribed into landmarks of national importance, considering the landscape of the National Park itself as an iconic cultural signifier. The intent is to create a landscape-based memorial - a place - that redefines the ground in Banff National Park as ceremonial and integrates the layered and complicated histories that make up its sedimentation as vital components to understanding and appreciating the role of protected landscapes and cultural identity in contemporary culture.
By daylighting the layered history of Canada's first internment operations and ceremonial histories of this landscape, and bringing these narratives to the foreground, this project reconsiders the meaning of Park spaces in Canada and re-inscribes these places as important cultural landscapes that embody meaning beyond areas of sublime significance rooted in romantic notions of travel, leisure, and the picturesque.
Salt & Sage | Banff Springs Memorial, Banff Center for the Arts; research project. Developed as part of Banff Centre for the Arts Artist Residency. 2014