1597; Harmonious Frequencies is a performance-based installation to be implemented in the Project Space over the course of twelve weeks. Working within a clean and minimal space, the artist will create an 8-foot diameter representation of the Fibonacci Sequence, which references the golden ratio found throughout nature. The pattern is made up of 1,597 dots configured in two sets of spirals that radiate in opposite directions. Each dot is created by wrapping a golden thread around itself and adhering it to the wall. The performance of labour and the arrangement of the artist’s tools are precise and considered; the monotonous nature of the action is physically challenging and requires self-discipline to achieve a consistent and high level of craftsmanship throughout the project.
The methodical distribution of the Fibonacci pattern exemplifies an exacting natural order that references growth and the flow of energy. The physical reproduction of this pattern also alludes to ideas of organized chaos; the pattern is pre-established leaving only the repetitive action of producing the work.
Throughout the course of the exhibition, as the dot spirals grow and change, the audience will have the opportunity to enter the space, talk with the artist, and view the work up close. At the end of the exhibition, once the pattern is complete, each dot will be removed from the wall leaving nothing behind but time-lapse documentation of the performance.
Jolie Bird is a textile artist who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. She completed her MFA at NSCAD University, Halifax in 2013 and had also studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary and Capilano University, North Vancouver. Bird works predominantly with textiles and fibre but also includes other mediums, found objects, and installation into her practice. She is drawn to slow techniques like hand stitching, weaving, and wrapping for the investment of time needed to complete the work. Repetitive and slow building in nature, the process becomes mentally and physically demanding, while at the same time feeling intuitive and somewhat meditative. Working slowly with simple tools and only her hands, she forms an intimate and tactile connection with the artwork. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and in the United States.