Jessica Houston

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Horizon Felt

Following the trail of Franklin’s voyage to discover the Northwest passage, I sailed on the Russian ship Akademik Ioffe, where I placed different colored felt in front of my lens as I photographed the landscape. The felt conceals and flattens part of the image—while maintaining a long view. The paintings, photographs, and objects made during and after this voyage consider the effects of colonization and climate change on the land and people. The paintings’ white surfaces are offset by elements of color drawn from the Arctic landscape, disrupting notions of a white north. Color ‘slips into’ these works, as if from the sky, or ground. The visual grammar is interrupted, inviting viewers into the gaps.

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