Venue:  Festival Hub – Interactive Village
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations, Interactive + Workshops
City of Origin:  Brampton
Price:  FREE


Working with the local community, Nicole and participants we will create a sculpture that takes mud as its medium.


YOU are invited to bring a sample of mud from a location along the lake that is meaningful to you. The mud will then be place in clear prisms, along with nutrients that encourage microbial growth. Once exposed to light, the microbial life naturally present in the mud will begin to flourish, becoming visible in the form of brightly coloured marbling. Each sculpture will grow differently, featuring different tones, depending on the location along the lake it was collected from. These meaningful pieces of soil will come together to form a continuously growing and shifting representation of the lake and our relationship with it. The cumulative sculptures will be displayed together and allowed to grow throughout the festival.

Nicole Clouston is a practice-based researcher currently completing her PhD in Visual Art at York University. In her practice she asks: What happens when we acknowledge, through an embodied experience, our connection to a world teeming with life both around and inside us? Nicole has exhibited across Canada in Montreal, Victoria, Edmonton, and Toronto. She is currently the artist in residence at the Coalesce Bio Art Lab at the University at Buffalo.