Walking the Vines (2021)

Alchemy Artists Residency

In summer of 2021 Lisa Wood participated in the Alchemy Artists Residency and Table Settings Project in Prince Edward County. She was partnered with Closson Chase Vineyard to make a site specific artwork that would be exhibited in their tasting room.  Lisa shadowed four of Closson Chase’s seasonal workers over two days to take photos of the workers as they put up protective netting around the vines.  She walked up and down the rows of vines with the workers, listening to their stories and taking photos of them through the vines as they worked.  In her responsive art piece, Walking the Vines, Lisa chose to focus on the workers’ hands in action, including the hands of each of the workers she met on a 5.5’ mixed media drawing. While the workers are largely hidden from view by the lush foliage, their contribution to the county and the vineyard is integral and is shown through their strong nimble hands.