Aer­ial View — Gwaii Haanas National Park — South, look­ing north on the archipelago

I’ve just been lit­er­ally beside myself with excitement…giddy!…like a lit­tle girl for the past cou­ple of days. I think I’ve come down far enough off my cloud now to be able to string just a few words together and pass along some very excit­ing news!

I got a call just before din­ner­time on Wednes­day from the Visual Arts Cura­tor, Jen Wil­son at the Haida Museum that I’ve been cho­sen, along with two other artists to be Artist in Res­i­dence for the 2012 Artists in Gwaii Haanas res­i­dency. I will be the “away” artist. I’m so honoured.

You sim­ply can­not imag­ine how excited I am. I’d have to say this is one of the most piv­otal moments in my life in hav­ing the chance to visit and par­tic­i­pate in this incred­i­ble experience.…and I want to bring you on that jour­ney of dis­cov­ery with me, through this blog and the CAMP blog (soon to be launched).

Respond­ing to the call for appli­ca­tions ear­lier this year, I couldn’t help but vividly imag­in­ing the things that I would learn, the peo­ple and land that I would see and how beau­ti­ful it would be to fit this within my life­long body of work. It’s truly a chance of a life­time with a deep spir­i­tual aspect for me. I have felt in my soul from the moment of learn­ing about the res­i­dency, that I am sup­posed to go there. I’m learn­ing, as always…to fol­low those lit­tle mes­sen­gers inside of me. And here we go…

Artists in Gwaii Haanas is a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort between Gwaii Haanas National Park,  the Haida Gwaii Museum, and the Haida Nation. For 10 days in June, three artists (two artist res­i­dents of Haida Gwaii and one vis­it­ing artist) will be guided by a Parks Canada staff mem­ber into remote areas of Gwaii Haanas National Park. HOLY HAANAS! I’m so excited…did I say that already? PINCH ME!

Haida GwaiiWe’ll be jour­nalling, sketch­ing, mak­ing art and shar­ing our expe­ri­ence together at two pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tions in Mas­set and Queen Char­lotte as part of the Gwaii Haanas sum­mer Speak­ers Series. In the fall (Novem­ber 2012), we are each pro­duc­ing a min­i­mum of three works for a show, one of with will become part of the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion to the Artists in Gwaii Haanas Col­lec­tion at the Haida Gwaii Museum.

The two other artists that will form part of our group are Fanny-Pierre Galarneau and Dar­rell Oike. I am super-charged to meet both of these amaz­ing artists and spend time with them in this sacred space and will bring you more on their work in upcom­ing posts.

Have you ever been to Haida Gwaii? If so, I would love to hear from you.