about the fieldwork collective


The FIELDWORK Collective is Susie Osler, Chris Osler, Sheila Macdonald, and Chris Grosset.  We administer the site, invite guests, and basically coordinate the project.  We also create some of the installations on-site from time to time.

Erin Robertson and Barbara Meneley have also been active Collective members over the years.


Susie Osler
Project Coordinator

Susie lives, works and sometimes teaches on an old farm in Eastern Ontario. She received a BFA in Ceramics from The Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (1999) that was followed by a three-year residency at Toronto’s Harbourfront Center (2002) before she moved to her farm.  Her ceramic work is collected and exhibited across Canada and further afield. In 2008 Susie formed the FIELDWORK Collective with 3 other artists and transformed a field on her farm and surrounding areas into an exploratory site for the creation, experience and contemplation of contemporary, site-responsive public art within nature.   She has contributed 3 installations to the FIELDWORK site – most recently a collaborative piece called Whip-poor-will (2014). Susie also writes a monthly column about local farmers and land activists for The Humm.


Chris Grosset

Chris is a landscape architect who works mostly in arctic environments, predominately in Nunavut. He is known for integrating the cultural landscape of aboriginal peoples into his design and planning work. Chris received his BA from the University of Toronto and his Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph. His interactive sculptures make reference to our varied relationship with nature.  He has created two installations at FIELDWORK, Migra-scoping (2008), and Blind (2012).



Chris Osler

Chris is a photographer and community developer currently living and working in Ottawa.  His work in photography focuses on socio-political issues. He has worked for CIDA and CUSO and has authored many independent photo essays.  Chris has a long-standing interest in using art practices to effect social change.  His project Spec-u-late,  which explored contemporary issues of food security, was the first FIELDWORK installation in 2008. Chris is responsible for bringing a variety of community groups to FIELDWORK  to experience the project and participate in creative workshops. www.griotphoto.org


Sheila Macdonald

Sheila moved to an old farm in the Lanark Highlands 15 years ago in order to practice sculpture and video art using her fields and forest as a source of raw materials.  After completing an English degree at the University of Toronto she worked in theatre and television and then became a musical performance artist for 10 years. She completed the adult art program at Toronto’s Central Technical School with a focus in sculpture and design.  Sheila created An Ear to the Ground - part of FIELDWORK ‘s 2013 exhibition – and joined the FIELDWORK Collective in 2014.