The Klondike Osteobiographies project is both a storytelling and organic media sculpture project. This project was completed during December 2015 by Klondike Institute of Art & Culture resident artist, WhiteFeather Hunter.
The project responded to the local landscape, cultural history and mythology of the Dawson City area. Using locally-sourced biomaterials such as animal intestine, WhiteFeather constructed artificial bones using textile structures to build scaffolds for mineral growth. This process mimics the natural biological process of bone formation.
The ‘bones’ are accompanied by text-based osteobiographies (narratives or bone stories recorded as audio clips) that reference and mutate the existing stories, mythologies and histories of this specific location in the Yukon. These stories were collected person-to-person by the artist, and then retold.
This project reflects an interest in psychogeography (affective space) and how existing spaces can be altered through the intervention of uncanny objects abandoned in public/ nature.
The artist would like to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for funding support for the residency, as well as the Klondike Institute for Art & Culture and Parks Canada for in-kind support.