We Dug Through a Mountain of Gold to Find You
With Brad Isaacs
We Dug Through a Mountain of Gold to Find You was developed during a residency at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson, YK in 2016. It features activity in the placer gold mines that are located throughout the territory, where small crews (sometimes families) dig open pits and use water to melt the permafrost layer and extract gold. A bi-product of the process is the unearthing of ice age mammal bones, also frozen in the permafrost. A particular plant, known as a mastodon flower, often grows in sites that were excavated, and it was believed that they grew from seeds preserved in a mastodon’s stomach.