across the prairies, alongside the lake, thru the forests
Dream pillows (digital print on organic cotton, cyanotype on cotton, dried hyssop), seed packs (paper, anise hyssop seeds), pencil.
Made forExercises of Reciprocity, Curated Ji-Yoon Han for the Grantham Foundation for the Arts and the Environment
A series of 112 dream pillows, across the prairies, alongside the lake, thru the forests imagines the journey – from here, to the Grantham Foundation – taking cues and inspiration from the medicinal properties and distribution of Anise Hyssop.
Short textual fragments printed on each pillow offer instructions for finding Anise hyssop along the way, alongside facts about air travel and its impacts on our changing climate. Filled with dried hyssop flowers (said to stop nightmares while one sleeps), the dream pillows are offered to gallery visitors as a gift (who are asked to leave behind a trace of the pillow on the wall); facilitating the creation of a distributed map: shared across time, space, and imagination via our dreams.
A distributed map that contemplates our relationship to travel (especially by air), and the impacts such industries have on the overall environment, across the prairies, alongside the lake, thru the forests hopes that the instructions and information are absorbed in anticipation of (re)thinking future journeys.
Anise hyssop seeds are offered in seed packs to takeaway – further expanding the imagined map in a distributed form – spreading out from Edmonton, the Grantham Foundation, and on, as visitors leave the gallery.
Thank you to Ji-Yoon Han for support with English/French translations.
Documentation: Paul Litherland, courtesy of the Grantham Foundation for the Arts and the Environment:
Documentation: Ji-Yoon Han: