Northland wrap up, for now.

The Northland project brought me to the Arctic Circle and North Iceland through an arc of 3 residencies in 2017 and 2018. For more about my project see these posts: Northland-1, 2, 3.

Looking back on all I’ve seen and done over the past 18 months, it has been a life-changing period for me both as a visual artist and as a human inhabitant of a beautiful and fragile planet. What can I say about the complicated and conflicting emotions that have been stirred by stepping foot in the Arctic Circle? Knowing that it is the only home for a delicate ecosystem, pressured on all fronts by human activity and encroachment. Tourism to the Arctic will only increase as more routes through the previously inaccessible waters open up to all kinds of exploitation.

Conscious of the rare privilege that this opportunity represents, I and the whole Arctic Circle Residency cohort traveled with a mission to transmit back to our respective communities about what we witnessed. My September 2018 exhibition “Slow moving to still” was the first flyover. In 2019 I begin the serious work of processing all those inputs to see what emerges. It is my sincere hope that my output as a visual artist will somehow offset the uncomfortable truth that travel to the Arctic degrades the Arctic.

Arctic light at the end of Summer in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway. This residency at Galleri Svalbard in September 2017 was groundwork for the Arctic Circle residency, which happened 8 months later, June 2018

Arctic light at the end of Summer in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway. This residency at Galleri Svalbard in September 2017 was groundwork for the Arctic Circle residency, which happened 8 months later, June 2018

Rocks, mist and glacial outwash. Listening to silence and the sound of rockfall in Longyearbyen. September, 2017

Rocks, mist and glacial outwash. Listening to silence and the sound of rockfall in Longyearbyen. September, 2017

A moment from my residency at Herhusid in North Iceland, October, 2017

A moment from my residency at Herhusid in North Iceland, October, 2017

Siglufjordur, North Iceland. October, 2017

Siglufjordur, North Iceland. October, 2017

Ice forming in the valley, Olafsfjordur, North Iceland, October 2017.

Ice forming in the valley, Olafsfjordur, North Iceland, October 2017.

Arctic Circle Residency, June 21, 2018, in front of Svidjotbreen. Svalbard, Norway

Arctic Circle Residency, June 21, 2018, in front of Svidjotbreen. Svalbard, Norway

Nighttime under the midnight sun. It’s 1:30 am. Not sleeping but content, nesting on the deck of the Antigua. Temperature hovering around freezing, a high spf sunblock was required!

Nighttime under the midnight sun. It’s 1:30 am. Not sleeping but content, nesting on the deck of the Antigua. Temperature hovering around freezing, a high spf sunblock was required!

Arctic Circle Residency, June, 2018. Dahlbreen.

Arctic Circle Residency, June, 2018. Dahlbreen.

The Antigua anchored in Mushamna bay. Arctic Circle Residency, June, 2018.

The Antigua anchored in Mushamna bay. Arctic Circle Residency, June, 2018.