projection mapping installation, 2019
Quarry Query is a video/projection mapping installation of imaginary and mystical rocks on a transformative journey. The hand drawn imagery reflects on the practices associated with resource extraction, a topic that is alive and well in Canada, drawing from a combination of the artist’s own limited knowledge of these sites and playful or unexpected qualities. In inventing versions of these spaces that are both strange and whimsical, Theriault aims to encourage open reflection and conversation.
The narrative is presented in four vignettes: the rocks sit ominously piled up, with searching spotlights as they’re extracted; the rocks move along a conveyor belt as they’re sorted; they melt and bubble in barrels as they’re processed; and finally they sit in shipping containers as they’re transported overseas.
Quarry Query was created during a two-week residency at Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre (Sackville, NB).