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.