My father and his sisters inherited a cabin house in Loni Beach, Manitoba – a neighbouring community to the Canadian Icelandic settlement Gimli, Manitoba – which will eventually be passed down to myself, my sister, and our cousins. Not far from the cabin is a beach from where the community took it's name. With a desire to relate material practises with an experience of the beach itself, I began intervening on the beach by integrating indexical records of the environment back into the sand and rocks. Clay was pushed into a rock then pulled out, while a photograph of a sunset was sunk into the sand. Cyanotypes were made in collaboration with my sister Lindsay using dirt, rocks, feathers, and sand as matter to interact with the UV sensitized papers that were then processed in the lake and dried on the beach (see Facebook livestream video record below). None of the works were left behind. Instead they acted as moments of research, play, and connection to the beach that my family and I have been enjoying for decades.
loni beach (with Lindsay Bigras). Cyanotype prints, laser prints, non-toxic synthetic clay. 2016.