Sleeping Places, Newfoundland 1982
medium: a sequence of 25 black & white photographic prints, selenium-toned silver prints
dimensions: image size each 10 ½ x 15 ½ inches (27 x 39 cm); framed 20 x 24 inches (51 x 61 cm).
installed dimensions: 8 feet 6 inches high (from floor) x 14 feet 4 inches wide (259 x 437 cm).
collection: The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John’s
This is one of the most intimate projects about meeting the land that I have ever done, although some others have been done with the same sentiment. This series was completed during the two months of my journey around the island of Newfoundland. It shows my imprint on parts of the island's landscape in the course of a season. The land has a memory.
When I slept on the barrens, that is to say in the middle of nowhere, it became a place. Of course Newfoundland is more than a green and yielding land. One time there was a gale of wind which kept me awake all night. In the morning the landowner was passing by and, seeing me photographing the ground where I had been, said, "You're not going to see the wind."
Marlene Creates, 1982