Slocum's River Project

I have installed new site specific work, tanketappin  at The River Project: Art + Nature at the Slocum’s River Reserve.  I am joined by 4 artists, Matthew Hincman, Isabel Mattia, Liz Shephard, and Jenine Shereos for this year long outdoor installation.   Our projects spread out over the 47 acres of the Slocum’s River Reserve off Horseneck Road in South Dartmouth, MA.

The River Project is supported by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) and Trustees of Reservations (TOR) who co-manage the conservation property; the Gustin Gallery presenting Thoughts and Processes (June 20-Sept 27,) an exhibition of our drawings and models that led up to the completed works, and the Dedee Shattuck Gallery who will be hosting artist lectures Sept 26 and Oct 24, 2015.  UMass Dartmouth also supports the River Project.

My project imagines the meeting between the Wampanoag and English colonists in 1664, the year of Dartmouth’s founding.  Differing notions of land ownership defined this relationship, at times violently, as cultural identities were expressed in relation to property. Embedded in the ground in red glazed brick is the Algonquian word, “tanketappin,” meaning, “where live you?”  Here, the legal concepts of signature and spoken word agreement are combined via a greeting.  
 
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