Greenland residency

Two months in Oqaatsut

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Oqaatsut

I’m in Oqaataut, a settlement on a small peninsular far from any roads (there are very few roads in Greenland). I arrived by snow mobile from Ilullisaat (21kilomtres over snow and ice), the bay being too full of ice to make the journey by sea. 

It's tricky arriving in a place and not knowing it, and then being left to get on with it. Not many people live here and those that do speak Greenlandic and Danish with a smattering of English.

 

I spend some time thinking about drawing and making paintings. I feel edgy. I mean that in the sense of feeling not exactly comfortable, edgy is some times a good place to be when making work, but I am just still not sure yet what to do here, what to do with all this ice. Maybe it’s enough for now just to walk and look. 

I haven't had time to digest the experience or start to make any large scale work. That will come during the next year. 

If you would like to read the blogs I wrote while I was out there here is a link to the first one and you'll find the others there

https://www.janettekerr.co.uk/post/more-snow-less-washing

 

Below are a few of the sketchbook size drawings and paintings, and experimental pieces  I made on site.

A selection of icebergs (there are more....)

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turning ice berg

Ice berg turning over and settling

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Fishing boat negotiating the broken ice sheet in the bay - harbour side

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My attempts to capture the broken ice

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Back to icebergs - think snow storm and build up of icebergs in the bay

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Experimenting with embedding paintings in ice shards

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Sitting on the ice drawing with the sea flowing somewhere beneath me

That's enough - there's a lot more