File 01-03 - slippages – Original Graphic Score

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slippages – Original Graphic Score

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  • 2018 (Creation)

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File consists of 27 pages, made up of a front cover, 25 score pages, and back cover. The graphic score is on 18” x 24” bespoke St-Armand cotton paper, in acrylic ink with sea salt. Carruthers commissioned St-Armand, a paper-making company in Montréal, to make the paper special for the project and include random holes.

As for the art itself, Carruthers worked with a palette of yellows, blues, and greys similar to the hues she observed during her fieldwork in the Columbia Icefield. She painted the scores on the specially commissioned and perforated paper. Her idea was that, when stacked, they would mimic the layers of a glacier. Accordingly, the original graphic score is meant to be presented stacked, with page one on top. Staying true to glaciers, each sheet represents a history, with the most recent history first.

In their collaborative interpretation of the score, Carruthers and Maestro Girard mapped out the relationship between the layered pages of the artwork and how they reflect the revealed histories of glaciers as they melt due to climate change. In practical terms, this means that parts of the score two pages down will be revealed through the holes in previous pages, so parts of the score begin to be played several pages before they are fully realized.

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