Installation, THIRD SHIFT 2020
Harbourfront Saint John, New Brunswick
Salt is an ancient mineral that over the course of millennia has been assigned many practical applications and symbolic meanings ranging from a mined resource, to a form of currency, and as an important element in ceremonies and superstitions across cultures.
Salt Spell comprised a durational performance and drawing installation made of salt situated at the edge of the Saint John Harbour that emulated a magic circle—an elaborately patterned design used to delineate a protected area in the practice of ritual magic.
Salt’s material connection to landscape, labour, and safekeeping are pertinent to contemporary Saint John. As a coastal city with vital marine environments; a city underpinned by industry and trade; and as a centre where the environment, heritage and—in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and innumerable acts of injustice—citizens, deserve safeguarding, salt is emblematic of collective care and collective faith.