20 years ago during a professional artists’ workshop I began researching ways to expand my work, to push beyond the boundaries of my artistic practice – primarily painting – to come up with new ways of mark making. I challenged myself to do so with only the most basic materials…rice paper and glue. What emerged from this exploration were these beautiful paper collages – little divisions of space, light and shadow.
Initially I hung them from the ceiling and referred to the work as ‘the path’. However it wasn’t until 10 years later, when  Eric Cameron insisted that I find a way to include the piece for the ‘Sublime” exhibition that he was curating, that I discovered piano wire as a means of installing the collages. Only then did the full potential of the work begin to reveal itself.
Inspired by a note that my buddhist teacher and mentor, R. Gyō-zō Spickett, wrote after viewing the piece in my studio, I began to refer to the work as ‘hai’lights (hī-lites).

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‘the path’                       apriori Studios                 Vancouver BC     1996

       

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               ‘hai’ lights                         Triangle Gallery,          Calgary AB           2007

                

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Gyo-zo note

 

I had always ‘seen’ the possibilities of outdoor installations for this work and was inspired to write a proposal to do so for a winter residency in Finland in 2016. When that opportunity fell through, I found a way to make the piece anyway, on a wide open plateau in the Blaeberry Valley in BC – ‘hai’lights : labyrinth.

Realizing that piece was a creatively liberating experience on so many levels. Free from the constraints of deadlines, curator’s expectations / ‘themes’, commercial considerations and space restrictions, a new and exciting area of investigation opened up for me.

Using the environment as canvas, mark making in space, the transient nature of the work/process, the surprises, the potential of this unique expression, are all aspects of this inquiry that I love working with.

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‘hai’ lights : labyrinth               Blaeberry  Valley,  Golden BC                2016-2017

 

drawn to respond : ‘hai’ lights on the road

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”    Ralph Waldo Emerson   

Since seeing how the rice paper and wire collages responded outdoors in nature, I began to see them everywhere…on the prairies, in fields, along cliffs, hanging in the forest, floating on water, spiralling up hills, down in valleys, along rivers……

I saw this distinctly unique visual expression weaving its’ way through the countryside –   much like a spider weaves its’ web throughout the landscape, both seen and unseen, visible and invisible…..

Initially I thought I would begin on the BC coast, but as the project unfolded I felt myself being drawn to wide open spaces, fields and forests. Eventually it became clear that northern Sask was calling – calling me home, back to the beginning  –
I needed to begin where it all began in the first place –

 

   Waskesiu           Prince Albert National Park     SK                   May 19th – 20th    2017

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Douglas provincial park   SK       June 1st    2017

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click here to read blog post May 31st – June 4th

 

Great Sandhill Dunes    SK            June 25th  – 26th      2017

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Sundial Medicine Wheel      AB           June  28th   2017

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https://bornonthe263.com/2018/07/16/ponderings

 

Solar eclipse           Castle mountain      AB         August 21st   2017

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smoky spiral scattered          Castlegar, BC        Sept 6th – 7th   2017

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swinging bridge                 Kooteney lake BC       Sept 11th – 12th   2017

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Winter Solstice    backyard gratitude offering    2017

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click here to read blog post     https://bornonthe263.com/2018/02/06/intermission

 

All images  ©  Louise Pagé   1996-2017

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