The Space Between Our Hands


In the winter of 2012, I spent four weeks with artist Jeremy Bakker and coordinating curator Angela Pye on a residency project in the Echigo-Tsumari region of Japan. The criteria of the residency was to engage with the mainly elderly and depopulated communities of the region and to work with snow. For three weeks we traveled the region, visiting with community groups and collecting snow cast portraits of the people we were meeting. These snow casts were installed in a space the dimensions of a Japanese Tea room, in the middle of a snow covered terraced rice field. The Space Between Our Hands is the outcome of this residency project. It was presented at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Snow Festival in Matsudai, February 2012.