Janet asked me to cut out some pictures of humpback whales with masks over their blowholes as a creative sign for the new public requirement! As of August 24, non-medical masks are now mandatory in indoor public spaces. Please cover your blowhole!
The adventure in “Art After Death” continues! Janet and I spent yesterday printing the whale skin texture onto various materials. As we expected, the whale skin had a short lifespan, and thus we had to retire the piece a bit earlier than anticipated, due to it losing its shape and depth. Nonetheless, we managed to pull some lovely prints for a special edition, and are excited to share the upcoming finished products.
Yesterday, Janet and I spent the morning down at Lumsden beach at the dead whale. The weather was less than ideal and very windy, but the tide was low enough for us to climb onto the rocks to reach it. There was a specific cluster of barnacle scars left on the whale’s skin that Janet thought looked like a swarm of jellyfish. We brought the printmaking supplies, and managed to pull four prints directly from the whale.
We thought it would be neat to take the piece of whale skin itself. Armed with a few sharp rocks since we did not have a knife, I did my best to cut around the barnacle scars. We then took everything back to the studio, cleaned the whale skin, and have let it dry overnight. We are excited to use this piece of whale skin over the next few days as a creative medium. Stay tuned to see the finished products from this adventure in art after death.
Operation Rainbow is live! Thank you to everyone involved in making our rainbow herring walkway. We had a wonderful time creating something lovely and important, and it was a pleasure to edit this video.
I have frequented the Cape Freels beach often since arriving, and it never fails to amaze me. On my last visit, I collected some gorgeous driftwood, and I have something in mind for it. Stay tuned for more art updates from Norton’s Cove Studio!
I am continuing to explore and photograph the lovely New-Wes-Valley area. If you have any stories of the local history, funny occurrences, familial roots, knowledge of the heritage homes, Newfoundland folklore, or anything else of that nature, I would love to hear from you! Pop into the studio to come share your tales in-person.