Inspired by my own deep-rooted connection to the Maritimes, Minas Matter: A Deconstruction / Reconstruction of Landscape explores the notion of genealogical identity existent within a specific geographical location. The narratives of both the geological and cultural histories of this particular place parallel the striations of the landscape as well as my own ancestral lineage. From Mi’kmaq to Acadian cultures and the subsequent Planter and Loyalist elements, this work is an exercise to acknowledge and understand the histories that have helped build a geographical, cultural, familial and personal identity. The project investigates an inherent connection to the land through experimentations with its de-construction and re-creation. Using photography, video, sculpture and performance, this installation aims to not only bring awareness to one’s own identity formed within their genealogy, but to the countless layers of history that permeate Canada’s diverse cultural heritage.