This emerging body of work stems from a residency Le Gear undertook in the Arctic waters of Svalbard in 2012 where she contemplated the micro and macro forces of ice in the retreating ice flows.
During her residency at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2013) Le Gear further explores the potentiality of ice in terms of water remedies resulting from fieldwork investigations of the north Leitrim landscape. The contradiction of a remedy made from water and diluted with itself presents interesting questions around the uses and permutations of a landscape whose energy-fields mediate and co-exist with the human body.
When sailing the waters of the arctic in 2012, Le Gear collected iceberg samples and made remedies from their meltwaters. The remedies initial intention was for the land and other water bodies, to bring an resonance of the meltwaters to other water bodies.
This work reflects on the ephemeral and delicate sense of loss, causing us to contemplate on the contemporary environment we find ourselves in. We are living in world where we only see the tip of the iceberg, big energy in little spaces. Somehow there is a vivid burst of brilliance, like fireworks, a healing light in a hazy apparition, (Puiktartuq, the inuit call it, coming up for air)
Within the exhibition Le Gear presents portal images of ice as microscopic views: inversely exploring what we can otherwise never quite take in, that universe of the iceberg – the submerged, the visible and the invisible - that which has melted.
As a part of her research methodologies Le Gear use the processes of potentisation homeopathy. Potentised can be a general term used in various contexts with energetic or vibrational medicine. Le Gear's process involves serial dilutions. Homeopathy’s law of infinitesimals says that the lower the concentration of a substance, the more potent it becomes. This is counter intuitive to most of us, the idea that the more you dilute something the stronger it gets. Infinitesimals have been used to express the idea of objects so small that there is no way to see them or to measure them.
Such objects can also be emotive forces in the land. The lake at Glenade in North Leitrim, known as the jealous valley and the story of the creature the dobhar chu presents a story of heartache and loss that is carried through the valley. A young woman Grainne was killed by the monster in 1722 as she was washing clothes at the lake. When her husband found her lifeless body he avenged her death by slaying the monster. But the beasts companion awoke from the lake and chased the man and his brother many miles to Cashelgarron, below Benbulben in Sligo. There they managed to slay the beast. Nearby there is an ancient grave yard called Conwell Cemetery which contains the tombstone of Grainne where a stone carving of the Dobharchu can be seen. A second tombstone at the south end of the lake was also connected to the tale, but has since vanished.
Le Gear began resonating with the emotions embodied on the landscape and trying to meet their polar opposite vibration through a ritual conversation with the lake water and an iceberg. The waters of Pooleybyrn in the Arctic have shown to be for jealousy, mistrust and heartache. Frozen meltwaters of an iceberg from the pooleybyrn glacial lagoon were created into a remedy in the form of a frozen sphere and given to the lake at Glenade. Le Gear made this remedy from the ‘kissing ice’ in the Pooleybyrn glacial lagoon. As a remedy it brings laughter and purity to ones physical and emotional bodies and grounds one, especially in relationships and in those going through break ups as well as reconnecting. It is for those who need help being more intimate when kissing and connecting to their sensuality.
Le Gear has also been working with Masaru Emoto, who is best known for his claims that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. Emoto's hypothesis has evolved over the years of his research working with frozen water crystals. He believes that water takes on the resonance of the energy, which is directed at it, and that polluted water can be restored through prayer and positive visualization. He shows this through changes in the crystals exposed to different words and sounds.
Exploring unconscious frequencies within the residue of substances held within the water Le Gear initiated empathy with the landscape and the chemistry of myths held within the space. Journeying inside of the water she tries to be apart of it, like a shaman who enters a trance state during the practice of divination and healing. Water which can hold a ship up and slip through your fingers, which has the ability to record information and pass it another body of water. Something which has been submerged in it or diluted in it, or passed through it as if locked inside an iceberg, for a time.
If I were an iceberg I wonder where I would go?
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