“Water Witching” Workshop with Alana Bartol
Far Away So Close: Part III exhibiting artist Alana Bartol will lead an exploration of the history, use, and tools of dowsing or “water-witching” (using “Y” or “L” shaped rods [often a bent coat hanger or found branch] to locate ground water without the use of scientific technology). After a trip to Nova Scotia, Bartol learned that the women in her mother’s family have long been regarded for their “water witching” abilities. Drawing on her family history and traditions of divining, she explores dowsing as a creative method and mode of inquiry investigating ways of knowing within and beyond the human body. While there is no scientific evidence that dowsing is accurate, a fascination with this pseudoscience persists. Prepare for the handling of dowsing rods and the opportunity to test your powers of divination. All are welcome, even the skeptics.
Space is limited, so please pre-register at the gallery by e-mail or phone: firstname.lastname@example.org, 604 689 2907.
Alana Bartol is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator from Windsor, Ontario, currently based in Calgary, Alberta. She is interested in ecology as a ‘life science’ that interrogates relationships between place and self, nature, and community. Her collaborative and individual works explore concepts of visibility and survival through our relationships with nature and each other. Bartol holds an MFA from Wayne State University (Detroit), where she developed and taught the first Performance Art course in the Department of Art, co-founded the first student-run gallery, and received a Thomas C Rumble Fellowship.
Image: Alana Bartol, Dowsing Rods (In Blood and Bone), Ceramics (Raku), 2015-ongoing. Photo courtesy of the artist.