Arctic Circle Expedition: Svalbard
I have been selected as an artist-in-residence for a unique voyage to the Norwegian Arctic, this coming October. I will be sailing from Longyearbyen, Svalbard on a Barquentine Tall Ship into the high arctic waters for three weeks. Organized by The Arctic Circle program, this residency brings together artists, scientists, educators, and a highly skilled crew to explore a remote region at 10º latitude from the North Pole. During our time at sea, participants will live together on board the sailing vessel while executing collaborative and individual projects to foster a better understanding of our environment.
Why the Arctic Circle?
This residency is an opportunity to develop my professional practice upon graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in Glass'14 while continuing to explore my interest in the geological world. While sailing through the international territory of Svalbard, I hope to document and map the motion of relative markers like the Barquentine ship at sea and the movement of currents between ice floes. I will capture these moments through installations, maquettes, and collaborations with fellow participants to inform a new body of work. One installation I plan to create is comprised of 12" diameter hand casted porcelain buoys. These porcelain buoys will float in a field of ice floes and visually map the undulating arctic currents.
You can follow my weblog documenting my preparation for the voyage at the link bellow: tothearcticcircle.tumblr.com
Here is a look at some of my work as well as my portfolio: hilarywang.com
Hand embroidered patch could be yours!
Porcelain iceberg tiles
Risks and challenges
Due to the remote location and unique nature of the Arctic Circle program, it costs $6,200 to participate in this residency. This does not include airfare to and from Longyearbyen, Svalbard or any of the material costs, shipping fees, and the necessary gear to stay warm and dry while at sea. With your generous support, my STRETCH goal of $7,000 will help cover the residency fees, and shipping costs to build crates and transport my porcelain buoys 3,438 miles from the US to Svalbard. This Kickstarter campaign, with your help, will fulfill my dreams of executing this installation in the remote Arctic!
Cheers & Thank You for your support!
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