2013. Rozome (Japanese wax resist silk painting). Silk, natural dyes, mordants, barbed wire, wood. 4.25 m diameter × 3.0 m to ceiling.
Fescue grasslands are my favourite ecosystem in Alberta (although it is tough to choose between the many great places). Fescue grasslands are enormously diverse with 40 to 50 species of grasses and flowers in each metre. They are also at risk because of agriculture, invasive grasses, and the loss of fire and bison.
Fescue Dance uses the structure of a mobile to convey the concept of dynamic balance. As in the prairie ecosystem, when you disturb a mobile some panels (species) go up and some go down. If you remove a panel, the entire structure may collapse unless you replace the panel or rebalance the structure. Bison and fire are critical components of the fescue-aspen dynamic. Remove either one and aspen trees and invasive species will start to take over, and the complex and diverse fescue grassland vanishes. Walk through the mobile, and your presence makes it dance and shift.
Photo: Elisa Sereno-Janz