These four flags are based on the beautiful red and white Greenlandic flag. Even though it is abstracted, Greenland’s flag “pictures” nature: the massive ice-sheet, the sea-ice, the low sun. But what happens to this social imaginary of Greenland when the ice sheet is gone?  Or when lack of sea-ice disrupts age-old cycles and opens up new vulnerabilities? Visual art, through the act of picturing, seeds the social imaginary with new ways of seeing and understanding nature. This in turn shapes how we relate to nature, and so on, in a chain of cultural transmission.

 

Oil Drilling in the Arctic Ocean – 18 x 25 – 2017 – acrylic, upcycled synthetic fabric   

Oil Drilling in the Arctic Ocean – 18 x 25 – 2017 – acrylic, upcycled synthetic fabric

 

Flag for Arctic Sea Ice – 25 x 18 – 2017 – acrylic, upcycled synthetic fabric.   

Flag for Arctic Sea Ice – 25 x 18 – 2017 – acrylic, upcycled synthetic fabric.

 

It’s not like we didn’t see it coming – 18 x 25 – 2017 – acrylic, upcycled synthetic fabric   

It’s not like we didn’t see it coming – 18 x 25 – 2017 – acrylic, upcycled synthetic fabric

 

Shift, or, New Greenlandic Flag – 18 x 25 – 2017 – acrylic, upcycled synthetic fabric   

Shift, or, New Greenlandic Flag – 18 x 25 – 2017 – acrylic, upcycled synthetic fabric