Aqua Mess, Portraits of Garbage at the Top of the World: Clean It. Garbage collected during Clean Up Svalbard, an initiative between the Governor of Svalbard and voluntary cleaners including our Sept 2015 journey with Oceanwide Expeditions. A few exhibit images, launch May 2016
Discard/Art Floating Exhibition on the Ortelius, Svalbard Norway Aug 28-Sep 4, 2015
Alongside Cleanup Svalbard, curator Carol Devine
Art and objects made of garbage - from wood, tin cans, computer parts, fish and whale bones, textile discards, tires, lights and of course, plastics galore. 11 artists/innovators participate - a print of their work that floats along with us as a group of 120+ volunteers spend half their in the Norwegian archipelago. With Oceanwide Expeditions, an initiative of the Governor of Svalbard. The artists are photographers, sculptors, surfer/artists, designers, architects. Here's a story on the cleanup and expedition/exhibition. And another little pre-embarking story from Svalbard: "Svalbard 60% icecap 100% perfekt"
The exhibition was inspired by one moving image - two reindeer entangled in fishing net, struggling to free themselves in Svalbard. Sveinung Råheim photographed them. He and his wife, on snowmobiles, decided to try to free them rather than know the'd slowly die. They are the last image in this first gallery.
Images from left to right: To come: further credits
Indra's Cloud Anne Percoco, The Violin Ha Schult, Zero Wasteland Kristel Erga , N-Ice Age Diana Boulay
Raw for the Oceans Bionic Yarn Parlay for the Oceans with Pharrell Williams, The Great Indoors Aurora Robson, Embrace Sakaya Ganz, Trash People Ha Schult, Travelers Sayaka Ganz, Scarab Andrew McNaughton, Tiger Shark Xandi Kreuzeder, Apparatusgommatus testianorum Chlorindo Testa, Entopic Spiral Diana Boulay. Reindeer Sveinung Råheim
Thank you everyone for being part of this and for your work raising awareness and making change. Local and global garbage problems are everyone's business.
WRITING: books, short stories, articles and research papers.
I co-wrote The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning (limited edition released Dec 2013 and re-release May 5, 2015 by HarperDesign) with Wendy Trusler and am principal blogger. The book was shortlisted for Food Writing, Culinary Narrative category, Taste Canada awards, received a distinction award at the Advertising and Design Club of Canada awards in 2014 and is featuring at Word on the Street, Canada's largest book and magazine festival in September 2015.
A few recent articles: Signal to Noise Magazine: Aquamess Portraits of Garbage at the Top of the World, Tales from an Adventuress, Northern Light: Nature and culture, youth sexual health and community based research in Greenland, interview with Dr. Elizabeth Rink • Guest Blog: Polar Week: Antarctica – Early explorers, terrestrial magnetism and investigating climate change as member of Association for Polar Early Career Scientists for Science Borealis (APECS) • An Unfinished Ballad: Antarctic film dreamscape. Mal d'Antartique and Stendhal Syndrome. Scott Cohen exhibition • Jessica Oreck, filmmaker: Aatsinki: The Arctic Cowboys • Leesee Papatsie, Inuit food activist, Nunavut Canada
Projects: I love working with teams and making things happen. I'm currently Project Manager of The Museum of AIDS in Africa, I worked with a global campaign team for Access to Medicines with Médecins Sans Frontières, I co-created The VIEW Foundation and was Executive Director (1994-1996) of this non-profit organization that led social and environmental volunteer projects in Costa Rica, Nepal and Antarctica. Projects included the pilot volunteer cleanup at Poland's Henryk Arctowski station in 1995 and the joint Russian-Canadian ecological project with The Russian Antarctic Expedition in Dec 1995-Mar 1996 at Bellingshausen research station. In the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty, for three months international volunteers hand picked garbage around the station.