Atlas of Canada’s Local Colours
Local colour samples in glair binder on paper with pencil, 24″/61cm x 38.5″/98cm, 2013 – ongoing …
The Atlas of Canada’s Local Colours is an ongoing publication that takes the rocks, soils, plants, and even some animal-bones, from different communities across the provinces and territories of Canada and documents their potential as pigment. Each colourful step in this exploration is recorded onto the pages of this book, with the resulting spidergram maps revealing the local colours of a community and a nation.
The aim of the Atlas is recording the local earth colours of Canada. Each page of this publication, with its unique geological identifiers, contains documentation of specific location materials, processing details and methods expressed through a system of symbols. The documenting of these colours is an exploration, with its strict recording of experiments forming a spidergram which, as it expands across the page’s map, displays information about that place’s local colour. The resulting large-format local colour diagrams—one from each place from a pilgrimage where colour was collected—is proposed to be included in the final publication.