Time Is A Ship With No Anker (a title taken from a Norwegian Saami proverb) is inspired by my recent residency on an island in the Arctic Circle.
In this remote environment in Norway where the sun never sets, notions of loneliness, resilience and reflection were cast against a backdrop of overwhelming beauty. The exhibition is a selection of drawings, videos and sculptures based on Norway’s vast landscapes.
Documentation by Alex McVinnie-Maidment
EXCITING NEWS: I have been lucky enough to be selected to take part in this years incredible La Wayaka Current summer residency in the Arctic.
The La Wayaka Current Arctic residency takes place on a remote island off the coast of Norway. 'It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for artists to work on projects in the subarctic regions of Northern Europe in a vast other worldly landscape.' Here I will work on a self-directed, contemporary project in response to my environment.
This is a dream come true for me and will hopefully take my work to the next level. The remote location offers vistas and landscapes a girl like me could never imagine being fortunate enough to see with my own eyes. Such a source of inspiration is probably going to keep me busy for years to come!
At the end of July I will travel to Oslo, catch another plane to a town called Alta, I will then catch a ferry to Hammerfest, switch ferries and finally arrive at a port on the island of Soroya. There I will spend 3 weeks living with other artists, exploring the island, documenting, researching and creating work.
I am enthusiastic to encounter a new cultural exchange in such a spectacular setting, learn about indigenous processes of craft and create a conversation between contemporary and traditional making. I hope to resume exploring a dialogue between science and conservation, community and landscape, and perception and participation.
I aim to continue with a self-led practice exploring the connection between emotion and place. Using the specific landscape of the Arctic, I intend to create drawings, photos, sculptures and video to record the light and sounds of such a sublime location. By studying the ecology and geography, I can create educated work that brings to light our impact on the earth. Utilising a combination of found and bought materials I intend to add to my collection of drawings and photos by creating site specific work that eliminates the white cube and reverses the relation between art and nature.
An experience like this doesn't come for free however, and that's where the support of my friends and family comes in. Flights, ferries, transfers, materials and accommodation all add up and I've been saving pretty hard.
Thank you to everyone that has supported me so far by buying my drawings and prints, it is very much appreciated. If you would like to help me get to the Arctic Circle, feel free to follow the link below to donate. Any contribution is helpful, no matter how small.
If you'd like to help by buying an original or print please visit http://www.malloryallen.com/shop/ to see what I have available. I have quite a few originals and prints at the moment and am always happy to do commissions.
To check out the residency website please go to https://www.lawayakacurrent.com/arctic/
Thanks again and I look forward to sharing the fruits of this trip with you soon.