Landscape Study IV
2019, 07:20 minutes, colour, No dialgoue
Landscape Study IV is an eight minute video work that uses the physical intervention of the image to explore scenic tourism’s impact on the depiction of the Canadian landscape. The piece is set on the Lake Ontario shoreline in Grimsby, a site where the artist would spend countless afternoons skipping rocks as a child with her grandmother. This site is also a scenic spot that motorists can experience on their way to Niagara Falls. The video documents the lake’s horizon, on the left there is a distant Toronto skyline and on the right a small pier covered by the turning waves.
Over the duration of the video the picturesque skyline becomes obscured as globs of viscous liquid interfere with the view. The seemingly symmetrical drips roll down the image, as the video continues, the transparent amber liquid completely engulfs the picture plane, causing the lake, sky and cumulus clouds to meld into mountain-like forms. As the ambiguous drips pick up speed, the liquid becomes reminiscent of maple syrup on pancakes, a common household ingredient that is commodified both inside and outside Canada as a distinctly Canadian condiment.
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