Community Sauna project
STEAMBOAT is a creative endeavour initiated in 2020 by multi-disciplinary artist/designer/builder Jared Klok, after he happened upon a long abandoned sailboat in Keno City with a curious history and grand aspirations of transoceanic voyages. Inspired to continue its unlikely legacy, Klok began the process of painstakingly transforming the vessel into a sauna. The following year, Local Field School’s Aubyn O’Grady and Amy Ball partnered with Klok to coordinate sauna “workshops” that would contribute labour and financial support to the build in return for skill sharing and programming as part of their mandate to encourage the sourcing/ foraging/ testing and sharing of art materials and ideas in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. While STEAMBOAT is an independent project spearheaded by Klok, it remains a roving community resource.
About the Artists
As a multi-disciplinary artist, Jared Klok has been a regular contributor, collaborator, and instigator of diverse visual art, musical, and design/build projects. Originally from the prairies, Klok has created and performed work across the country that emphasizes community, craftsmanship, and materiality.
Local Field School is an experimental, collaborative project developed to encourage the sourcing/ foraging/ testing and sharing of art materials and ideas in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. Local Field School was conceptualized in 2020 as a way to create community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local Field School was started by Aubyn O’Grady, Amy Ball, and Ange Bonnici, but collective leadership and membership is determined on a project-to-project basis.