AT THE HUNDREDTH MERIDIAN
At the Hundredth Meridian is the first in a series of "landscape autobiographies" that are manifested as hand-embroidered tapestries. This tapestry draws its inspiration from Margaret Atwood's poem, "This is a photograph of me," and Edmund Burke's concept of the sublime. Burke's definition of the sublime as a compelling but destructive beauty iterated in nature is a fitting paradigm for the great and terrible beauty of the Manitoba landscape. The conflict between the beauty of our terrain and its latent power to destroy informs the composition of the tapestry. It is a lush expressionistic rendering of my experiences visiting Riding Mountain National Park and Clear Lake, land that is literally located at the hundredth meridian.