I have received invitation to the 2016 Arctic Circle Art & Science Expedition, a residency that brings together artists and scientists on board a Barkentine ship for a period of 3 weeks to create work and exchange ideas. Organized by The Farm Inc., a New York state registered non-profit, this is a rare opportunity to explore by sea in a nonintrusive manner the icy desert region surrounding Svalbard a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. The contributions raised will assist with the costs of in country transport in -20˚ temperatures lead by professionals on ship, travelers insurance, and equipment needed to travel safely within in this extreme climate.
I am a multimedia artist with a background in natural history preservation. The purpose of this expedition is to create a new body of work and form interdisciplinary collaborations inspired by the surrounding rare and diminishing environment. The Arctic provides an other worldly terrain that will allow me to examine our understanding of vast geological time through remnants of the past found in the topography. The physical act of the journey mobilizes my practice, using lens based technology to capture images and collect evidence, and studio where the recorded footage becomes the subject to constructed future past narratives. Through a variety of film and home made cameras I will be capturing photography, 8 mm film, video, sound, and combining footage with alternative photographic processes to compose a collection of artifacts that explores the mythology of the landscape. Footage will be used to compose a new series of film projections, photographic edition with correlating written word, and an encyclopedia of sounds from another timespace.
As an undergraduate alumni to the Rhode Island School of Design and graduate alumni to the Maryland Institute College of Art, this project is affiliated to a larger community of arts and educators. Represented as a fellow by the Hamiltonian Gallery for emerging artists in Washington D.C., the work made during this residency will be on exhibition in July 2017 as well as introduced in two artist talks. One artist talk will take place in October 2016 as a live stream while abroad, and the second artist talk will follow the exhibition reception in July. I will be developing this work over the course of a year, and receiving feedback through the gallery mentorship and critique. Please stay tuned for the progress of work to come!
Risks and challenges
The Arctic Circle Expedition involves traveling in extreme cold weather conditions effecting both body and audio visual equipment. This trip requires awareness of what is needed to remain warm and dry, as well as camera equipment that will function in sub zero temperatures. There is necessary investment to cover the cost of in country transportation lead by professionals that will allow safe travel through remote locations, and equipment needed to withstand shooting in this climate for extended periods of time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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