Mink Island IV

Mink Island IV, 2018 by Laurie Swim 16.5" x 12" (21" x 16" framed) $2600 + HST

The Mink Island Series

Mink Island is a little islet at the end of Pleasant Point Road, across the harbour from Lockeport, the town on the South Shore of Nova Scotia where I grew up. Most likely you won’t find Mink Island on a map because it is merely a rock with barely enough earth on it to support a scraggly bunch of spruce but that is part of its charm. Where or how it got its name, I can only speculate. I suspect there is an interesting story to be told.

My fascination begins with: how does this rock support any growing thing let alone a tree? It also embodies elements of the work I like to do: the sea, the granite rocks and those scruffy spruce that survive on this ragged shoreline facing the Atlantic Ocean.

A sketch that was on my design board for a year was there to remind me to create a series of small works using Mink Island as inspiration. Sometimes it is nice not to have to think of a different subject for each work, but instead concentrate on the topic in its many natural forms, the sky light and its effect on water. In this case, it is the variations that happen in a daily cycle of the tide and what it covers and uncovers caught my imagination.

One more thing: When you stand on the shore looking at Mink Island with the incoming tide, the sound of the water rippling over the rocks is a symphony that unexpectedly still informs the visual elements of the work.


Laurie Swim September, 2018

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