Sense of direction can be relative. It's dark when you leave home, you chute underground through tunnels to sit on a jet plane all night, speed around in a car in the dark, wake up in dappled forest light, to ride a boat in a straight line to a surreal land strayed from its mainland as the sun crests the western horizon.

This rock, those trees, that clearing, the shimmering glow of the water, the smell of the white pines -- it calls to you. You'll find answers there. That sun, those slowly crashing swells, the endless blanket of blue surrounds. Passing storms push through, the sun fades away, yet still warmth is all around you.

It has this glow, this sway: its like the water but through your eyes standing perfectly still on land. There is not reason, only desire and unobstructed momentum to the places that call to you on this land.

You come alive.

While on the island, I created signage with the intent of informing. Some quite literally help you find your way, while others beg you to explore, to appreciate what beauty surround you. All signage was created on driftwood found on the island or weathered scraps left over from the few structures that have been built.

To orient myself, I began by marking North at the main camp, and studying that direction. While wandering, I would often face wherever I believed was north and take a photograph. I began to call this "Northward".

Lastly, I documented the portal town to the island, Calumet, MI.

My work from the island has been featured in Cabin Time's third Field Guide and the exhibition that coincided the release at Miscellany Gallery, the Rabbit Island Benefit in NYC, Rabbit Island: Works and Research 2010-2013 exhibition at the DeVos Art Museum, and photographed for the NY Times recent feature on the island.

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Rabbit Island

Four miles away

 
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Look Up

Fig. A

 
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Look Up

Fig. B

 
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Northward

Signage

 
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Northward

From the forest

 
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Northward

From Andy's Perch, Fig. A

 
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Northward

From Andy's Perch, Fig. B

 
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Little Wedge

Installation by Andrew Ranville

 
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Do You See What I See?
 
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Signage

Before installation

 
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Building A Trail

Moving puzzle pieces all day

 
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Prism

Found in the forest

 
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Triangle

Points direct you to Little Wedge, Camp, and North, from left to right

 
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Signage

Installed

 
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Be Here & Only Here

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