Directions 1. Hwy 101 exit 14
2. Right onto Nova Scotia Trunk 1 E (signs for Kentville), 3.8 km
3. Right onto Gladys Porter Drive (sign for The Gorge)
4. Park at the end of Gladys Porter Drive 500m
5. Take the main trail path to the right 6. First of 5 birds is 100m on left N 45 04.456 W 064 30.886 Artist Dyan Hatanaka Dyan Hatanaka lives and works in Kentville, Nova Scotia. She is predominantly a printmaker but enjoys working in all mediums. She studied Art Direction and Advertising at OCAD University where she developed an appreciation for classical skills and strategy. She then went on to study traditional printmaking at McMaster University. She has subsequently participated in several residencies including a residency in Awaji, Japan studying traditional Japanese woodblock printing. Since moving to the Annapolis Valley in 2014 she has been an active member of Elephant Grass print studio and the Nova Scotia Print Makers Association. Her recent work has focused on the history and culture of the valley including a large-scale series about local heroes (featuring, among others, Freddie Wilson and Bessie North). Dyan participated in a 2015 residency at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts and continued to work out of the Centre during the winter of 2016. She now works out of a home studio where she lives with her wife and two-year-old son. She is originally from Hamilton, Ontario.
Installation Unburnt Offerings As participants walk through the Kentville Gorge they will become bird watchers, connecting lines of site to hidden birds perched in the trees. In so doing they connect to the natural history of this place and the ephemerality of their place in nature. The birds will be piñatas made of nothing but paper and flour, beautiful in the moment but transitory by their very nature. The piñatas will recreate the presence of six different birds native or common to a Minas Basin forest: pheasant, barred owl, passenger pigeon, black billed cuckoo, northern flicker and American crow. Some of these species are commonly seen in this area today, some of them are extinct and some of them are connected to the colonialist history in this area. Each piñata will be filled with native bird seed and local plant seeds. This invokes the themes of sacrifice, celebration and renewal. As each piñata is broken, either by participants or by time, it will feed these woodland species, act as a reminder of the generations that came before and support the current wildlife population. I will replace the piñatas monthly until the exhibit is over. This installation is sponsored by
Alison Butler and
The Charles MacDonald Concrete Museum
Centreville, NS