the wood bower 

The wood bower was an offshoot from the video installation Bower, also incorporating aspects of ancient culture. Small basket-like huts in the woods were constructed as a site for meditation and reflection. The bower shape and construction is a reference to early Neolithic and Celtic shelters and boats, which would have had stretched skins over the basic “inverted-basket” construction. Building the bower embodies an ongoing performance/process work by the artist, and sitting and meditating at regular times in the constructed space offers a way to relate closely to a specific location, and the forest in particular. 




Wood bowers created at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, and The Banff Centre in Alberta; bower made of spruce boughs and documentary video of the Irish bower shown in CampSites exhibition, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, 2005