I created a place based body of work while attending Vermont Studio Center’s Artist Residency, July 2018. I quickly became aware of Paranormal Activity in the Johnson Vermont region and began to investigate. My investigation was split between 4 categories: Ghouls and Ghosts; Fairies, Gnomes and Woodland Sprites; the Lake Champlain Monster (Champy), and Natures Messages.
Following is some articles detailing my investigation to Fairy, Gnomes and Woodland sprites. These include found artifacts, photo documentation, scientific studies, and artist re-creations.
In the area known as Trail’s End along the mouths of waterfalls lies a Fairy Forest as stated by this sign.
I found what is most likely a Forest Oracle cut into ancient rock close to the waterfalls of Trails’ End
A re-creation of the Forest Oracle in the artist’s studio with shimmery stones for added effect.
I discovered a happy face made of lichen growth on a tree in the forest close to Johnson, VT. Most likely the work of woodland sprites.
As an attempt to better understand this happy face phenomena, the artist has been growing moss in an artificial tree.
In an attempt at communicating, the artist designed a happy face marking on a stump
Entrances to subterranean lairs are found throughout the Johnson area, most likely Gnome in nature.
a cliff-side entrance to a Gnome dwelling
Markings left behind from another creature on crude paper-bark are mysterious and beautiful.
A simulated Ghost in Chains
*all attempts at chaining ghosts have failed
Photo Documentation, Satellite Imaging, Forensic Drawings, Video Stills, Artist’s depictions of events, and Investigative Notes on painted cork-board mural with wood.
photos of the Belvidere Asbestos mine, along with satellite images to show the scale of this destructive operation.
in the days after seeing “the sign of Hecate” (crescent moon and star) above Johnson, the Gihon river appeared to flow with blood.
This is a view into a creepy room that is only seen through a window that is covered up located behind a dresser, in a bedroom at VSC. There are no doorways to enter the room and it contains chairs that are nailed to the ceiling.
discoloring of wood from the rafters shows what could possibly be the shape of a human form
There are many reports of the haunting of Emily’s Bridge. It is supposed to contain the ghost of a young girl who hung herself after being stood up by her then fiance’
pay careful attention, this video was taken where claims of monsters’ eyes watching a local swimming hole. Three sets of bright are visible for a moment in the bushed area
Reports of Monsters lurking in the bushes next to a popular swimming hole have been debunked. Here is still from a video taken at night showing what some might have believed to be 3 sets of eyes.
The actual watchers structure as viewed during the daylight showing that it is, in fact, bat boxes. The eyes are merely white painted bat symbols
I created a replication of the Watcher’s structure closer to what the reports have claimed and installed it at the swimming hole to prove to the public the truth behind these claims.
Here is a collection of evidence looking into the existence of the “Champy” monster.
strange irregular waves that soon disappear has the local community convinced that the Champy Monster is real
Fragments of a plesiosaur-like fossil found along the shoreline that was reconstructed in the studio-lab
A sand-print along the shoreline clearly shows the traces of a plesiosaur type creature resting in the sand.
the approximate size of an adult Plesiosaur flipper
*in paddle form
An undoctored photo documenting what is most likely the Champy Monster, plesiosaur creature, in a body of water in Vermont.
There are many strange and wonderful things to learn from Nature, you just need to know how to look.
Nature communicates with us daily, it takes training to find it. Here is a message from the powerful force, our life-giving sun onto the Gihon River
Trees in the area have reported to go through both physical and chemical changes. This is an artist attempt to depict wood that has undergone chemical change through combustion
an attempt to artificially reconstruct the process of petrification in wood (attempt failed)
an artist depiction of strange wood found in Paranormal Areas other than Vermont
A painting done by the artist depicting the alarming growth witnessed in nature
Nature is always communicating with us. There are often rhythms found repeated in a multitude of ways. Here is a video of the sun’s reflection off water onto the underside of a bridge, projected in my studio
Nature’s Rhythms found grown in the grain of wood
to be a good investigator you need to undersatnd the natural world, including Anatomy. This specimen appears to look like the veins of Human Lungs.
This project could not have happened without the generous funding support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board.