Dowsing for Woo - in collaboration with Alana Bartol during the Food, Water, Life residency at the Banff Centre February 14, 2015
v. wooed, woo·ing, woos v.tr.
1. To seek the affection of (someone, especially a woman) with the intent to marry or begin a romantic relationship.
Artists, staff and faculty artists were invited to a potluck dinner on Valentine's Day at Tunnel Mountain Lodge at The Banff Centre. Each guest was asked to make a dish to with the 'power to woo'. Alana and I developed a "Woo scale". I created an edition of 30 prints illustrating the scale to determine the "amount of woo" in each dish. The scale was printed with blueberry pigment that contains anthocyanin, a pH sensitive pigment, which is present in plants and fruit.
At the dinner, Alana Bartol performed the role of the diviner, taking a sample of each dish and placing it on a own print. I dowsed each sample to determine its power to woo. Each print was stamped where the dowsing rod landed, signed by the artists and given to the person who cooked the dish.
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