Walk: Pause
Pictou Island Porgage was a week long residency organized by Eryn Foster for seven artists on Pictou Island in July 2014. 

Pushing a large piece of driftwood with chalk attached to one end, I walked the length of the island. I anticipated multiple lines left on the road after each day of walking. I had little idea how strenuous the act of pushing the stick with chalk the 18 kilometers would be, or how fleeting the line of chalk with traffic on the road. My focus grew to include the places in which I rested between the act of walking. I began to outline those resting places with circles in chalk. That which existed inside the circle was deemed rest -- breaking the line, making a new gesture.  A gesture that questioned the authority of linear time by making a circle for rest, into the land.

 

© 2017 Sheilah Wilson