In September 2017 I was invited to create a work to premier at the Annual Alberta Dance Festival. Inspired by the work of Governor General Award winning visual artist Wanda Koop, I entered into studio with artists Alison Keery, Roxanne Korpan and Amanda Pye to see what Koop would help pull from within us. As we prepare to bring Human Landscapes to Dance Matters, I pulled out my notebook from our original process. Below are some stand out passages from my reminiscing.
About Wanda Koop and her philosophies:
She uses colour as a language; she creates in black and white when she has experienced trauma or loss
To create a body of work we must:
- start from nothing
- learn a new language
- go to a new place
The video camera is an extension of her eye - a form of visual note taking
A painting is another form of screen that has the ability to morph into a mirror
About our relationship to our environment:
Intrusions of humankind into the natural world are potentially catastrophic
Alone originally meant a completeness in one’s singular being - not the absence of others; solitude meant the experience of oneness with god
In modern civilization we exile the wild; we think of nature as a force to be contained
Our environment is reflected in our bodies and our bodies are reflected in our environment
About what we were thinking about:
How does the reflection of the artist interplay with the reflection of the audience?
Is it about the shape or the person?
If everything is the same level of loud, nothing is loud
When that doesn’t work, start to search outwards
Interpreting the world is already a means of transforming it
Photo of Alison Keery by Citrus Photography, courtesy of Dancers’ Studio West