Orphan Well Adoption Agency
In the past year, the number of abandoned oil well sites in Alberta has drastically increased. While the drilling has stopped, these sites threaten to contaminate land, water, and life in the region. Also referred to as “orphan wells”, remediation of these sites can take up to 10 years if levels of contamination are high. The site-responsive performances investigate contamination, remediation, and environmental health through the practice of dowsing. Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts and to Paul Vasseur, Karl Zajes, and Bernie Schell of the Alberta Surface Rights Federation. Work in this series will be presented at a solo exhibition at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (2017).
For those interested in adopting an orphan oil well site in Alberta, visit the website today: Orphan Well Adoption Agency