Joggins’ first artist-in-residence arrives

Published on August 8, 2017

The Joggins Fossil Centre can now lay claim to having its first artist-in-residence at the centre. Sophie Jaillet of Montreal will spend six-weeks at the centre and is offering an illustrated talk to the public Aug. 13.


Sophie Jaillet, a visual artist and rock collector from Montreal, Québec, has arrived at the Joggins Fossil Centre to begin a six-week residency as the centre’s first artist-in-residence.

Jaillet, for the project entitled STILL, has chosen a section of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs near Coal Mine Point to draw and study in-depth. She plans to create a drawing of this particular section each day of her residency. She will also be hosting programs and inviting visitors to draw along with her.   

STILL is intended to be a landscape surveillance project in which Sophie witnesses and tracks the continual changes, caused by erosion and rock falls, inherent to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs.

In STILL Jaillet will engage with the Joggins landscape slowly, through her senses, with pen and ink, and without the use of technology.

"There is definitely something absurd and humorous in the intention behind STILL,” Jaillet said. “My eyes and pen are my only instruments to document the cliffs every day, so the drawings are not consistent and not that accurate, and I am completely fine with that. I like to think of the project as a record of both human time and geological time."


Illustrated artist talk

On Sun, Aug. 13th at 2 p.m. Jaillet will present an illustrated artist talk which is free and open to the public. The date of an Open Studio with Sophie will be announced later on.  

The Joggins Fossil Institute’s ArtScape : Artist-In-Residence Programme is sponsored by the Province of Nova Scotia and the Municipality of the County of Cumberland.