Jessica Houston

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Horizon Felt

I sailed on the Russian ship Akademik Ioffe, following the trail of Franklin’s voyage to discover the Northwest passage. The works made during and after this voyage consider the effects of colonization and climate change on the land and people. The horizon is a viewpoint always beyond reach; describing limits of perception. As polar space—once considered the limit of empire and human experience—is becoming more accessible with open waters, the fight for claims to resources magnifies. Color ‘slips into’ these works, as if from the sky, or ground. The visual grammar is interrupted, inviting viewers into the gaps. The image is made with most of the landscape ‘missing’. With this intentional withholding, the image thwarts completion, and becomes a site of resistance through this refusal.


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