The Space Between Our Hands

A one month residency project in collaboration with artist Ross Coulter for the Echigo-Tsumari Winter Festival 2012, Matsudai, Japan.
Project curator: Angela Pye.

Photography by Ross Coulter, Angela Pye & Jeremy Bakker

Visiting local community groups, we collected snow castings of the negative space formed between a person's cupped hands. These 'portraits' were later installed in the snow room excavated out of the snow cover on a rice field in the town of Matsudai.

Installation view - tunnel entrance to the 'snow room'.

 

The dimensions of the 'snow room' was that of a washitsu, traditional Japanese living room, common to homes in the Echigo region.

The Echigo-Tsumari Winter Festival took place over a weekend at the end of January 2012. In the days that followed, fresh snow fall covered the installation. And with time and a change of season, the snow melted back into the rice field below.

View of the pathway leading to site of the installation.

Pathway leading to the site of installation.

Documentation of meeting local community members to collect snow cast 'portraits' for the installation.

Documentation of meeting local community members to collect snow cast 'portraits' for the installation.

Documentation of meeting local community members to collect snow cast 'portraits' for the installation.

 

Documentation from the installation period - working closely with a small team of locals.

The install crew were a small team of locals who volunteer their time to assist clearing snow from the roofs and entryways of elderly peoples' homes who would otherwise be at risk of being snowed in during heavy snow fall.