Isfjord (Icefjord), conditions over night, dig. photo, Spitsbergen, May 2018

Artistic research on Spitsbergen, 2018   When everyone is at sleep at night there is still light. It makes it possible to work as a visual artist alongside my function as 2nd officer on sailing vessel Noorderlicht. I try to catch the transience of the polar region and its natural processes with film and photography. At watch I look for claims and traces of exploitation. In spare moments on land I make my own marks or compositions with natural of industrial remnants that I collect during the journey. Subjects of ownership, heroism and vulnerability have my interest

Miners pose at Svea coal mine, early 20th century, photo from LA SHIPA: History of Large Scale Resource Exploitation in Polar Areas, 2012

Spitsbergen- BarentsburgTraces of coal mine industry, former Dutch (currently Russian) station, Barentsburg, Spitsbergen, May 2018

At coal mine no. 5, installation h. 1.85 m, buoy, rope, hose, steel,
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, June 2018

At the bottom of a deserted mine hill no. 5, a buoy from the sea is connected to an iron beam, which put out from the landscape. It occupies a certain space. 

Movement of ice landscapes, sketches by prof. M.J.J.E. Loonen, ecologist, Arctic Center University of Groningen; their research station is based at 78° N, Ny-Ålesund, Spitsbergen 

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