DodoLab: Island Stories Book 1 by Andrew Hunter & Paula Jean Cowan
About : One of a series of publications to be produced by DodoLab as part of their ongoing work in Prince Edward Island (Canada). This book features text and photos by Andrew Hunter of a new work (a hand-made dodo bird made from recycled sweaters) by artist Paula Jean Cowan. The bird is documented at various locations on the island and the text introduces the core focus of DodoLab’s PEI work and the emerging explorations of concepts of islands as physical, cultural and social spaces.
Published May 2010
Andrew Hunter is Director of DodoLab and Adjunct Faculty and Researcher at Waterloo Architecture Cambridge (University of Waterloo). DodoLab is an arts-based creative research program that employs experimental and adaptive processes to spark positive change and resiliency. Led by Andrew Hunter with Lisa Hirmer, DodoLab’s focus is the complex relationships between people and their surroundings and how communities define, and are defined by, their environment. DodoLab puts the creative process at the heart of confronting social and environmental challenges and exploring barriers to adaptation and resiliency. DodoLab is based in Cambridge, Ontario, and is a program of Musagetes and Waterloo Architecture.
Paula Jean Cowan has been a bakery clerk, deli-girl, grocery clerk, produce manager, accounts receivable clerk, bookkeeper, receptionist, children’s art instructor, buyer & seller of used books, print & photo technician, truck washer, auto assembly line worker, parts inspector, and switchboard operator. Based in Sackville, New Brunswick, she produces work in a variety of media with an emphasis on teh hand-made that extends into her animated video works. Cowan has an MFA from the University of Guelph.
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