I am a printmaker. For over 15 years I have created images of various incongruous animals having various adventures in various incongruous places. Now I have the opportunity to travel to an incongruous location myself. Successful funding of this Sub-Arctic Expedition will enable me to travel to the Faroe Islands and create both a book of drawings and other images about the adventure, as well as a series of etchings based on the expedition.
Since I was a wee lad, I've had a fascination with maps of remote locations in high latitudes: The South Pole. The North Pole. Lake Superior. The far southern tip of South America. Svalbard. The McKenzie River Delta. Lake Baikal. The Bay of Fundy. The Faroe Islands.
Somewhere along the way, I started making pictures about journeying to these remote locations by balloon, bicycle, rail-car, boat, and foot.
Tragically, I've never actually been to any of these places. (Well, almost none of them. We did visit Lake Superior, once, back when I was a wee lad).
This sad state of affairs may be about to change because of a chance meeting in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. While at an art fair there, I learned about an exchange program between the U.S. and the Faroe Islands. Through this program, lodging and a studio and some supplies are available in the Faroes.
I have been awarded a residency through this program. I just need to get myself there.
Once there, I will be able to draw and collage and print and make stuff. For four weeks. Or perhaps longer. For the first time, I will make images and stories and other creations about voyages in and to remote high latitude locations WHILE ACTUALLY IN A REMOTE HIGH LATITUDE LOCATION.
What will I make? (Part 1)
I don't know yet. (If I did, I wouldn't need to travel 5,000 miles away!) I expect that there will be penguins and seahorses and boats and turtles and whales and bicycles and balloons and outhouses and probably also puffins and guillemots and pied ravens and sheep and ponies and geese.
And there will no doubt be islands and waters and escarpments and hills and mountains and arious other land forms and greeneries.
The fun, both for me, and for you, my beloved backers and patrons will be finding out what results when the abstract ogling of maps collides with an actual expedition.
What will I make? (Part 2)
I expect to produce lots of work in various forms during my month in the Faroes--at least one thing a day. When I return from my adventure, this work will be compiled, digested, aggregated, and synthesized into two products:
- A soft cover book featuring over 20 images from the expedition.
- A limited edition etching (or perhaps a suite of etchings) about the adventure.
Why Should I Back This Sub-Arctic Expedition?
By backing my sub-arctic expedition, you will make it possible for me to get (by land and by sea) to the Faroes. In return, you get to be the first ones to see some of my new work, and, depending on your level of backing, to have some of that new work in your very own home before anyone else.
Risks and challenges
The biggest obstacle to this expedition is simply transversing one continent and an ocean, and then returning. Your support will help me overcome this obstacle. Beyond that, the challenges are no more then those I face every day as an artist--turning the ideas in my head into attractive images and objects that others will want to look at. I've already been doing that for over twenty years--this will be more of the same, just in a new and excitingly cool, green, and alien setting.
As an artist and an educator, I have long encouraged people to try new things, to forge ahead even if they aren't sure where they are going or what they will do when they get there. With this expedition, I put my pedagogical practices and their metaphysical underpinnings to the test. I will boldly go where no Maseman has gone before and survive by taking what the universe throws at me into my soul, where I will digest it and spit it back out as pretty and intriguing pictures.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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