In the late 1980’s, a woman known as Star visited several locations in and around Banff, Canada on a vision quest in search of the Archangel Mikael. During the 1980s & '90s, Star writes that she was guided to the Sacred Sites of the Rockies, and was prompted to share her revelations in the form of a website. I discovered Star’s quest during an online search and decided to follow in her path. I visited the 9 places she was led to in her quest and made photographs in each location. Using photography and collage, this work is grounded on the site visits. The photographs, collaged with color gels and white tape, serve as a filter to view the documented landscapes. Through my own interpretation they mimic the energetic dimension that is present in the locations alluding to that which can’t be seen. The colored gel layers point toward limitations in our perception and propose what might exist beyond our immediate understanding of being present in a physical location.
Installation photos by Jeff McLane