Welcome Mat

We are grateful to have performed at The Fox Queen’s Messages On Doors, September 26, 2023, in Quw’utsun.

Clay dust footprints from the Welcome Mat left on the stage floor.
Clay dust footprints from the Welcome Mat left on the stage floor. Photo by Sean Fenzl.
Minah's bare feet on the clay and river stone of Welcome Mat. Photo by Sean Fenzl.
Minah's bare feet on the clay and river stone of Welcome Mat. Photo by Sean Fenzl.

This work wouldn’t be possible without the permission of the spirits of Cowichan River and conversations with the community participants.

Huy ch q’u!

Behind a table of electronics, Wryly handles flat river stones and contact mics.
Behind a table of electronics, Wryly handles flat river stones and contact mics. Photo by Sean Fenzl.

 The Welcome Mat we created with stones and clay from the Cowichan River provided a place for people to connect through the souls of their feet, while listening to a soundscape created from stones and water.

Minah dances on Welcome Mat.
Minah dances on Welcome Mat. Photo by Sean Fenzl.
At left, Wryly stands behind a table of electronics. At right, Minah leans into a microphone on a stand.
Art Action Earwig performing at Messages on Doors. Photo by Sean Fenzl.
A Welcome Mat installation participant steps on the Welcome Mat, looking at their feet, listening on white cordless headphones..
A Welcome Mat installation participant steps on the Welcome Mat. Photo by Sean Fenzl.
Minah sits on a chair at left, looking at a participant of Welcome Mat installation. The participant stands barefoot on the Welcome Mat, listens on white wireless headphones and reads text printed on a board.
Minah sits on a chair at left, looking at a participant of Welcome Mat installation.. Photo by Sean Fenzl.
Minah looks at the camera while patting down a tray of clay and stones
Minah looks at the camera while patting down a tray of clay and stones
Uy’ Shqwaluwun spelled in river stones embedded in river clay.
Uy’ Shqwaluwun
At bottom center, a flat 5 sided stone with a painted salmon sits on a deep purple cloth. The salmon points upward toward a large white sheet of paper that curls up at the edges. On the paper, black lines curve into a heart shape like a speech bubble coming from the salmon’s mouth. Inside the heart shape, a Coast Salish trigon crosses the center like a smile. In pencil crayon, 4 yellow beaver teeth and brown whiskers are drawn below the smile, and a red fire is drawn above. Blue flowing water is drawn around the inside edge of the heart shape. Placed on top of the drawings, inside the heart, a cedar bough stretches across the top, and two pieces of dried salmon sit at the edges of the trigon mouth. Below the cedar bough, drawn in purple, is the Hulquminum word “Uy’ Shqwaluwun.” (Good feelings).
Art Action Earwig's Heart Map from a community workshop

Beacon, Lettuce, Tomato Art Night at the Beacon House 2023

Performance in development was shared on Protection Island, traditional and ancestral Snuneymuxw land and water. August 24th

This was an opportunity to experiment and share in the process of developing “Welcome Mat” commissioned by The Fox Queen for Messages on Doors.

Heart design by Snuneymuxw artist Kwulasultun/Elliot White-Hill
Heart design by Snuneymuxw artist Kwulasultun/Elliot White-Hill
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