The Vanishing Act
Watermarked paper, steel, acrylic, paint, LEDs
A tall standing steel structure encompasses twelve large watermarked paper panels, taking the form of an archway or door. The watermarked lines delineate the waterways of Nunavut, a Canadian arctic archipelago, tracing river paths around the islands as they branch and bifurcate.
The title is in part a reference to the watermarking tradition as a means of concealing imagery and text that is revealed by light, whilst also alluding to the seasonal transformation of the rivers as they freeze over; a phenomenon which is diminishing, with an attenuated layer of ice.Defining the space around it, the doorway acts as a marker of transition as well as an opportunity to pursue a different path.