Living on a southern Ontario farm from 1972 - 74 was the catalyst for Rural Route One. Motivated by the aesthetics of the practical agricultural activity observed on the farm and surrounding countryside something began to germinate.
The project documents the sculptural forms, color, texture, and space of farm fields, haystacks, sheep and the shearing process, new and derelict farm machinery. As the study takes root the territory expands to record rural images in other provinces in Canada and several European countries.
To effectively record this new experience a mult- imedia format is used to convey the complex rural beauty of the project - each medium communicating a unique part of the whole. Rural Route One gallery exhibitions, beginning in 1974, include : 11" x 14" [28 x 35cm] silver prints, projected color transparencies, film loops, an audio loop, and an early 20th century child's scrapbook of farm life.
A collaborative project with Martha Henrickson.