Dishevelled Destiny

Colin Campbell

2000, 29:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English


'Why do artists come to Sackville? Various reasons. Nefarious reasons in some cases!' So muses Colleeta Sackville-West, Unofficial historian of the Tantramar'. Art Star, who left under a cloud' has returned 25 years later to discover his artistic legacy collecting dust in the vault of the Owens Art Gallery. Although Art Star and Colleeta Sackville-West don't meet, Colleeta has plenty to say about Art Star. Colleeta recounts the history
of the other' art scene in Sackville while skirting the topic of Sackville's best known artists- Alex Coleville and L.P.Harris, son of one of The Group of Seven. Colleeta prefers to get her feet in the Fundy muck compared to Coleville's walking on water'.
As Colleeta chronicles Sackville's hidden' art history on the eve of the millennium, Art Star stumbles into a lecture commemorating the 25th anniversary of his arrival or,' as the curator dryly notes, his four years spent packing to leave'. Sackville, I'm Yours: An Interview With Art Star' plays to a sparse audience, one of whom (The Green Haired Boy) locks Art Star in a flirtatious gaze. Contemporary Sackville artists are documented during Dishevelled Destiny, with Colleeta all the while feeding the viewer tasty historical tidbits from Colleeta's Diary. Dishevelled Destiny is an affectionate glance back through the often irreverent and amusing stories that populate Sackville's colorful art history. The tape ends at the beginning of the millennium, with the Tantramar Marsh (Tantrum, for short') brooding menacingly about her future.

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Critical Writing

The Singing Dunes: Colin Campbell, 1943-2001
by John Greyson. C Magazine, Summer 2002, no. 74.