The use of both moving and still images are used to capture the stillness and ephemerality inherent in the transient nature between culturally acceptable sedentary lifestyle along with the more volatile and marginalized nature of nomadism. With their wildly different artistic training, Heather and Regan combine their diverse backgrounds to play with and to address the subjects of self-sufficiency, permaculture, pagan spirituality, native folklore, natural history, and domesticity. Homestead Nomads began showing as a collective in August 2011 with their first show in Val-David, and continue to work together, allowing their work to evolve naturally to their surrounding environments.
I am a visual artist working with video and photo montages accompanied with sound that I also produce and find. I document real life and use my images to honour local people who work with rhythms more attuned to their landscape than to a clock on a wall. I received a grant from the NFB for a short film on the Rouge river and did freelance camera work for CBC Quebec North in James Bay and worked shooting or assisting in many small independent films in Montreal. Just because video is a TV medium does not mean it has to be made into bland sequences designed to sell things or lull people to sleep. I want my videos to be inspirational and imply that we need to stay close to the earth and enjoy what nature has to offer, which is everything; food, light and spiritual connection. The most recent screening of my work was at the St Sauveur Independant film Festival on September 11 2011, where I presented, The Making Of Cities. A look at the music of Jeremiah Wall.
Formally trained in Fibre and Liberal Arts, Heather Utah has been creating drawing and textile installations and releasing independent publications since 2007. Much of her work is made public in various locales in and around Montreal and New York. She now lives and works in Morin-Heights, and is currently collaborating with Regan Moran in the artist collective ‘Homestead Nomads’.