About the Gros Morne Experience:
The Gros Morne Artist Residency provided dedicated time to sift through 30 years worth of experiences of the Northern Peninsula. I originally visited the area before the National Park existed and I remember well the years leading up to the Park's formation; old photo files, journals and new archival research refreshed those memories. In preparation for the Residency I also read geology, talked with earth scientists who are familiar with the area and acquired and studied topographical maps, brochures and publications about the present-day Park. Once in residence I collected weather information from the Environment Canada website every day and made molds of interesting or provocative surfaces or objects so that I could make castings at a later date. I'm sometimes astounded at how much research I do but it's equally important that I physically engage with the terrain and its inhabitants and that I did daily, including a backcountry encounter with two dozing moose. I don't know which of us was more startled.
A visitor to the Park commented that I seemed to know exactly what I was doing but the truth was very much otherwise! Research is easy and a lot of fun but I am never certain how - or if -that raw data will meld into coherent visual statements. Using a kind of attentive disengagement, I try to see past recognizable images or geological metaphors to find textures or patterns than suggest something entirely different. It can be a slow process and the three weeks as Resident Artist flew by. A few pieces began while there and those and another several were finished after I returned to my metals studio at home. New ones are in progress and I'm sure more will follow; the research files, photographs and journal writings will enrich the rest of my working days. Glancing through them again to write this was a joy.
Selected Exhibitions, Professional Experience
- "The Moose Show", Contemporary Canadian Craft & Art, Toronto, ON, 2002-3
- Lewis-Clark Center for Art and History, Lewiston, ID, 1998
- "When Cod Was King", South Street Seaport Museum New York City, 1995
- Creation Grant New Brunswick Arts Board - Collecting and Recollecting Grand Manan NB, 2001
- Award for Excellence - Innovation in Design Members' Show - Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador St. John's, NL 2001
- Best of Show - 3-D Annual Juried Show - Lewis-Clark Center for Art & History Lewiston, ID, 1998
- Studio artist working in fine metals, fibre, printmaking and drawing; teacher, speaker ...since 1963
- Owner / Director, COLLEEN LYNCH GALLERY St. Andrews, New Brunswick, 1996 - 2000
- Director, St. Andrews New Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, 1997 - 1998