Canadian artist Marlene Creates has been an invited academic visitor for the Art Space and Nature programme from September – November this year. In her exhibition ‘A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow’, at the Tent Gallery from 5-13 November, two video projections capture the varied ice and snow drenched landscape of unfamiliar Newfoundland.
In two videos, seasonal phenomena are observed and recorded by means of over 80 named varieties of ice, snow, and winter weather in the Newfoundland dialect. These terms are precise, practical, evocative, sonic, and lyrical. Some examples are: ballicattered (covered with a layer of ice from the action of spray or waves), devil’s blanket (a snowfall that hinders your usual work), sish (fine, granulated ice floating on the surface of the sea), and way ice (loose ice that is easy to navigate).
One of the videos is a 26-minute-long documentary video-poem based on the Blast Hole Pond River that flows through the patch of boreal forest where the artist lives in Newfoundland; the other video is a real-time, single take of sea ice in Conception Bay shot from the Bell Island ferry in March 2014 when it was so cold that the bay itself froze for the first time in decades.
The exhibition closes on 13 November.