Deep Bay Residency- 2011

I spent my residency at Deep Bay in Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, investigating and making work about local human parasites. I was thinking about how we experience the natural world mainly through the skin. The natural forces that truly impact us involve things that literally pierce through our barriers, like a tunneling parasite or the proboscis of a mosquito. I created skin-like surfaces with stretched pig intestine, embroidering images of local parasites like mosquitoes, ticks, leeches and the organism that causes swimmers itch.

I had spent most of the previous year creating work about insect infestations and it was strangely fitting for me to experience an ant infestation in the cabin. I also witnessed one dragonfly eating another dragonfly (I actually heard the crunching long before finding where it was coming from). Another time I found myself right in the middle of a massive swarm of mating fish flies. They were all around me and I watched the males go to the females and pair for a few seconds and then separate. In the morning the porch of the cabin was covered in tiny dead fish flies. Thanks to the Manitoba Arts Council and Riding Mountain National Park for this opportunity to focus on my work.

Me in front of the Deep Bay cabin

Heather Komus in front of the Deep Bay cabin

From the sign on the way to Gray Owl's cabin

From the sign on the way to Gray Owl’s cabin

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Furtive Embroidery on pig intestine, insects 9" x 14" 2011 Image credit - Brynna Stephenson

Furtive
Embroidery on pig intestine, insects
9″ x 14″
2011
Image credit – Brynna Stephenson

Ala Embroidery on pig intestine 8" x 12" 2011 Image credit - Brynna Stephenson

Ala
Embroidery on pig intestine
8″ x 12″
2011
Image credit – Brynna Stephenson