As I left the gallery after the opening reception on Thursday night I noticed a strange, orange light radiating from my installation onto the street. It has been a full week of late nights in the gallery hanging krill. “Krilling” is now a common verb in my family’s household. It was a little touch and go for a while, but we managed to install just under 20,000 crunchy, orange “krill”.
Creating an installation is always a learning experience. Learning about a new space and how to use it well, learning about my work and how it can feel different depending on how it is organized on the wall, learning about what my own limitations are and how far I can push myself. I was also reminded how lucky I am to have a family that supports me and that gathers around me to help make “krill” when I need it.
The opening reception was a wonderful evening. It was a pleasure to meet more of the lovely volunteers from the fifty fifty arts collective. This group of people keep the gallery running. It is such a unique and creative space and a real asset to the communities in Victoria. I have been away for the past few months and so the opening felt like a family gathering with the added bonus of being able to meet new people and talk about whales and art. I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to exhibit my work.
I just found out that there is another reason to be feeling thankful. Just announced late yesterday afternoon by the Center for Whale Research, it has been confirmed that there is a new calf born into the southern resident killer whale population (L124)! This is just 11 days after the official population count was released at 74. Today I am heading to the gallery for the afternoon and I will be bringing with me a small, paper drawing of a southern resident killer whale to add to my installation of 74. This is a great start to 2019!