Mining the Field

Mining the Field, archival inkjet prints, dimensions variable, 2007-2008

For the past five hundred years, the Arctic has been a source for the western and southern voyeur, representing it from afar through textual and visual means. The displacement of objects, traded taken from local ethnic populations or lost by expedition parties pass back and forth across invisible latitude and longitude lines. The archive is the resting place, the cave of retirement, that the photographs try to reconnect to something of substance.

As an artist who became obsessed with the Sir John Franklin Expedition of 1845, I wanted to perform my own 'search' for him, his crew, their artifacts and the artifacts that spoke about the aftermath of the disaster.

This series was made possible by a grant from the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. The photographs were taken at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England.