Hall has used social media for more than five years- as a way to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues, as well as to soften the isolation sometimes felt by island-dwellers. In the spring of 2013, she realized that many of her closest connections existed in this far-flung virtual space that defies geography, denies proximity and holds hard to connections through which she finds support and solace. She began Building a Village on Facebook as a way to make these connections and this "community" visible to itself and to others.
Inviting participants to mark and manipulate a small folding paper house and then return it to her through the mail, Hall has sent out over 400 paper houses to countries all over the world. Slowly and sweetly, the houses arrive back in Newfoundland, where they are folded into form by the artist and then shared again through social media with the growing village of collaborators. Excerpts of the project will be shared here, or for the full story as it unfolds, you might follow it here on Facebook.
Below are some of the houses that have joined the Village to date... they have arrived from California and the United Kingdom, from Vancouver and St. John's, from New York City and from Montreal. More will be added as they arrive, and the entire village will be shared publicaly at The Rooms Proviincial Art Gallery in St. John's in the summer of 2014. If you want to partipate in the project, contact the artist.