H. MacASKiLL – visual art


The River To N°W

drawing on the Columbia's history

artist statement

The visual point of departure for this project was the legacy of David Thompson – documentation in text, surveys, and especially mapping of the Columbia River fur trade highway to the Pacific.

Expanding on this theme, I visually explore the texture of a river's history, with more historic documents, images, stories, and symbols of the Columbia Basin, as defined by its natural evolution and the (relatively recent) recorded human history of inhabitants, travellers, and traders.

The format is an assemblage of mixed media drawings on paper, to give an historic impression of interconnection. This has been a new path of visual exploration, evolving with some fascinating research.

The first four of these drawing panels were part of the 2015 exhibition, Thirst! Thinking with Our Senses, curated by Deborah Thompson, at the cross-border Columbia River Treaty Conference in Spokane WA.