ARIEL GORDON
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Working on a draft of  What’s Broken , surrounded by the broken pieces of my crisper drawers.

Working on a draft of What’s Broken, surrounded by the broken pieces of my crisper drawers.

What’s BRoken—Art Song Lab 2019

What’s Broken: a household mini-drama in eleven parts is a collaboration between me and New Haven mezzo-soprano/composer Julia Cavallaro for the 2019 edition of Art Song Lab. The piece had its premiere in Vancouver on July 6, 2019.

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TreeTalk: Birds Hill Park—2019 Winnipeg Folk FEstival

As part of the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Prairie Outdoor Exhibition, I did another iteration of my TreeTalk project, where I wrote poems and hung them from a cottonwood on the festival site between the handmade village and the family area. Collaborating with festival-goers, I sat in the shade and created a second set of leaves for the tree with paper and yarn.

TreeTalk: Birds Hill Park was site-specific and so included poems about the bird’s foot trefoil at the foot of the tree to buzz of the pine sawyer beetles in the neighbouring trees. It absorbed the severe thunderstorm warning and the daze of four hot days as well as the drawings of children and the confessions of adults.

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TreeTalk: Winnipeg broadside—At Bay Press

These broadsides, published for At Bay' Press’ 10th anniversary, are an excerpt from the upcoming trade collection TreeTalk: Winnipeg, which includes illustrations by Natalie Baird.

  • Readied for the screen and printed by master printer Lisa Mendis at Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg.

  • Edition of 92 hand numbered copies.

  • Printed on forest green and bark brown handmade Canadian artisan paper.

  • Each copy has been signed by the author and artist.