The Meeting Tree

For this work, I asked three performance-based artists, Victoria Stanton, Camille Turner and Jol Thomson, all from varying backgrounds and experiences, to come together for daily meetings in London, Ontario. We hung out around a tree called the Meeting Tree, which is said to have links to the underground railroad. I had no real expectation about what would come out of our 4 days together, just wanting to get some like minded people to talk jointly about art, their personal relationship to nature, about communing with a tree and thinking how a site can impact memory.

Westminster Ponds is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Lenape, Attawandaron and Huron-Wendat peoples, at the forks of Deshkan Ziibi (Antler River), an area subject to the Dish with One Spoon Wampum and other treaties. I'd also like to thank those groups responsible for maintaining the Westminster Ponds and having managed to preserve that parcel of land for the future.