In the summer of 2014, Tara Cooper participated in a residency at Landfall Trust in Brigus, Newfoundland. During her stay, she researched the history of the area and took note of the weather. She watched an iceberg slowly dissolve in the bay, learned about Captain Bob Bartlett, who was an arctic explorer that once brought a polar bear home to Brigus and met Ray, the caretaker of Landfall, who told her a story about his grandfather – a whaler that lost his life in an explosion at sea.
Made in collaboration with Terry O’Neill, God Love Brigus compiles these experiences into a floating raft that mixes sculpture, print, sound and video. The exhibition is at the Alberta Printmakers Gallery from January 6 to February 18, 2017.
Tracy Wormsbecker has written an essay (PDF) that illuminates some of these narratives.