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With a crew of artists and scholars I'm going on a expedition to the arctic pursuing my passion for glaciers, data, and the poles.
With a crew of artists and scholars I'm going on a expedition to the arctic pursuing my passion for glaciers, data, and the poles.
184 backers pledged $12,149 to help bring this project to life.

a post expedition update and news about the future

Dear Backers,

First, let me extend my sympathies to anyone who has been affected by the recent hurricane. I was fortunately not affected in major ways, but all of us in the New York City area and in many parts of the Northeast have been affected one way or another.

As we continue to adjust and experience ever shifting more intense weather patterns, I am reminded of the tenor in the air as I packed for the Arctic expedition. News was rampant about the melting of the Greenlandic Ice Sheet. I left New York’s JFK airport with great anticipation and fear for what we might come across once we got to Greenland.

Upon my arrival I found an Arctic that was unusually warm and almost balmy. There were days that I stripped down to a t-shirt during hikes. I was told by many Greenlanders that this weather was a change from years ago. As I became part of the communities there, I was brought to see lines on the sides of islands that marked where ice once thrived. I was told about how winter ice and snow affected the lifestyles of hunters and communities living with sea ice and tremendous snow falls as a part of life. I went aboard research vessels that tracked populations of fish and whales affected by the recent and more extensive use of seismic sounding for oil, gas, and other types of resource exploration. I eventually left our ship, The Wanderbird, and took the opportunity to travel with two anthropologists, one a native of Greenland. We then went further North and deeper into the communities than the original chartered ship would allow. We went far up the coast, reaching 73 degrees and farther North into small, remote villages and along the ice sheet where thunderous sounds and cracking squeaking noises marked the tremendous activity of the ice.

In addition to collecting environmental data, taking field recordings, and videotape, I sat in on interviews with hunters who told me of the changes in sea ice over the last 20-60 years that they witnessed. I was welcomed into Greenlandic homes and I was taken to places along the ice sheet and around the waters of the Arctic Seas that most people will never experience. I will always feel honored for these special opportunities.

Even in this context of the changing environment, the coast of Greenland still rules as a mecca of geological, natural splendor, and I saw a tremendous amount of ice, in more varied form and scale then I imagined I would. The Arctic, and Greenland in particular, is a place like no other that needs to be documented now. The arctic needs to be written about and understood, since it will change immensely over the next twenty years. I welcome you to visit my uploaded images of ice and Greenlandic life on Facebook. Here you will see your rewards are going to be quite special!

My travels afforded me more content then I expected. I have more material and experience than I anticipated. As an artist this is a fantastic opportunity and I owe everything to you, my backers! Fortunately, I am now beginning a two month stay as an artist in residence at SUNY Stony Brook’s Simons Center for Geometry and Physics in Long Island. Here I am part of an upcoming exhibition and here I will be fulfilling your rewards.

For those of you receiving the CD and DVD, I’m happy to say that they are confirmed to be released on a sound art label this Winter. Because of the overwhelming amount of material I have been sorting through and other events this fall, things will come out a little later than projected. I assure you they will get to you this winter and the wait will be worth it! Other recent news of note include an article in the Village Voice blog published during my expedition, as well as future exhibitions of this work scheduled for the spring of 2013—I will continue to keep you updated on announcements. Thank you so much for being a part of this project. And know that I plan to return to Greenland and the Arctic in 2013-14 thanks to such a tremendous experience.

Enjoy a few images I’ve posted here...
And thank you so much again, all the best!
Melissa F. Clarke

we did it!! we are going to the arctic!

Dear Backers!
We are a success. The goal has been met and the project will be funded.
Hopefully people will continue to pledge as the extra money would surely come in handy for supplies and art materials.

More to come, but for now, thank you times a million.
I'm so honored by your support. Truly a wonderful feeling!

All the best!
Melissa F. Clarke

12 hours left 92% funded, and $848 to go—this is it!

Dear Backers,

We are near the end and it's so close! Surely we will make it.
I'm exited to update you with news about the expedition and more once the project reaches the goal. Today, I would love your help by getting the word out in this final push. 

Thank you so much for backing this project.
All the best!

Melissa F. Clarke

48 hours left, 84% funded, and $1914 to go—we are almost there!

Dear Backers,
We should all feel really great about how far this project has come.
And the 48 84 combo just looks so cool!
I feel confident, as we continue to gently remind people, the pledges will come in and this project will succeed!

Also, just to let you all know, I set up an 'after the ice' events page on Facebook, if you feel like joining I welcome you to do so. http://www.facebook.com/events/365788170142403/
It's mostly to keep people posted about the last hours of this campaign, about a possible celebration if your in the NYC area, or you can celebrate with us on-line too. It will serve as a more interactive and less formal platform, you can participate if you like, and i'll post about the expedition plans and events from time to time up to our departure, including links about the arctic and things my expedition team may be sharing with me. I promise not to overwhlem you:) And larger updates will get posted here be assured.

Thanks so much everyone!

Melissa F. Clarke

80% backed 54 hours to go! now is the time for the last push! and a possible art piece about you as part of this project

Dear Backers,

'After the Ice' is so close to the finish line! Now is the time for the last push.
I've been working very hard, getting the word out here in Brooklyn and in Manhattan, at events and art gatherings over the last few weeks. I've been handing out postcards and talking to people about the project. And in social media posting and sharing art that backers will receive. I believe every contribution is an important one. To me, it's just as important, the idea of coming together around ideas and the making of things, that is what this platform is all about.

So in thinking about that, I've decided I'd like to do a data piece that includes you my backers. I'm not sure what that will be yet, or how. But I know that this is something I would like to do, and include this as part of the series. So more on that later!

Lastly, please help me get the word out. I'd love to get this project across the finish line in the next 50 hours, hopefully with time to spare. That would be nice:)
If you are interested I would like to share with you an image that I posted on Facebook a few hours ago and people have been responding and reposting it. You can copy it from this page (it's at the top) or contact me if you want it in layers so that you can update the time and amount, or play with it. I'm open to your artistic collaboration.

OK, more news coming soon. Including highlights of where I'll be going and more about the expedition and the team. This campaign has been a lot of work. And so many things I've yet to share with you!

All the best!
Melissa F. Clarke