Hatqui Island:  This installation and performance is a working map of an imaginary island.  This fictional location explores issues surrounding isolation and land use.


Welcome to Hatqui Island, an imaginary landmass situated 150 km East of Rennet Sound, (Haida Gwai) and accessible by ferry. Hatqui Island, reduced to manageable size and laid out on the gallery floor is negotiable through pathways that span the structure.  The cast and fabricated components that pepper the island construct its history, its ecosystem and the continual forces of progress and preservation.  Feel free to visit briefly or stay awhile on the island. 


The installation Hatqui Island evolves from a curiosity about the unique flavour of time in isolated communities common to rural Canada:  ‘where time stands still’ and neighbors ‘take the time’ to confer in pick-up trucks parked in the middle of the street oblivious to traffic.  As time stretches in these communities, a myth grows of simplicity in isolation.  The island as a finite landmass epitomizes this isolation.  It connotes overlapping myths of paradise, utopian societies and darker suggestions of Darwinian control groups.  These myths counter islanders’ suspicion of ‘outsider’ influence.  Let’s face it, belonging to that select group ‘islander’ demands a strangely indefinite initiation period.


The island ferry travelling to Hatqui serves as both a barrier and a carrier, a sign of reciprocity between islanders and outsiders or visitors.  In this installation, as in life, the ferry perpetuates a system of both access and denial which travellers alternatively despise and adore. It spans the gap between the real (gallery entrance) and the imaginary (installation), between isolation and infiltration and, most importantly, between visitor and artist.

Hatqui Island performance: 

Tiki Mulvihill leads an Island tour, SAGA, 2005