< > 3 PART HARMONY, 2009. Materials: crayon, paper, audio. Dimensions: variable

3 Part Harmony

As I drove along the Grand River in Southern Ontario, Canada I would stop in at various communities established along its banks and asked random people if they would allow me to make an audio recording of them singing a note or sound of their choice.  The Grand River, a tributary that connects Lake Huron and Lake Eerie, two of the five Great Lakes, is also the scene of great dispute between Native and non-native communities in regards to who can claim the land along the river’s banks as Home.  The dispute stemming from the past, I wanted to show a more present understanding of the complexities of the dispute due to the passage of time; I brought my focus to non-verbal sounds created by people from differing backgrounds/communities who lived along the Grand River and who do call it home.  The gathered voices

were arranged as a chorus with a fluctuating pattern so that random harmonies and tensions would be created inorder to parallel the concept that tension, in it’s creation and eventual release, makes a musical score harmonious.  My effort was to illustrate a process of transition, between tension and ease, as a point of nature, since we are natural beings.

As I drove along the Grand River I also did rubbings of three government plaques which explained the history of the land in question, these plaques are: “The Haldimand Grant of 1876”, “The Founding of Brantford”, and “The Mohawk Institute”.

This project was developed during a two month residency with SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and was part of a group show titled Crossing Lines: An Intercultural Dialogue at the Glenhyrst Gallery in Brantford, ON.