the truth is that if the sea did not cover these mines twice a day, and if they did not occur in rocks of such hardness, one might expect something therefrom


Every place name is a story, an outcropping of the shared tales that form the bedrock of community – Lucy Lippard, Lure of the Local

The title of this site-specific work, a quote from Samuel de Champlain, speaks to the complexity and absurdity of the colonialist practice of resource-based nomenclature that blatantly disregarded the traditional names used by the Mi’Kmaq for thousands of years on their ancestral and unceded territory. I would like to acknowledge that this territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people first signed with the British Crown in 1725.

Part of the Uncommon Common Art Project, see it here.