HELEN CHELLIN
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THE ART OF ARRANGING PASSAGE IN NORTHERN LATITUDES
The Brown bear moved out of the forests during the last ice age and became a subspecies now known as the Polar Bear. This white bear is now moving again because of climate change that has mostly been caused by humans. Both our species face possible extinction if we do not bear witness to this fact.

Winter 2018, I travelled to Iceland and later to the high arctic by ship with Adventure Canada. The plan was to travel thru the Northwest Passage on their ship the Ocean Endeavour.
I floated on the ocean and ice as a passenger of time not a maker. The ice cores and glaciers record time past and then melt into the present. Going to the arctic I am a keeper of time in my paintings. Like the ocean and ice my images expand and recede in and out of spatial realms like the polar bear moves between the ice and Arctic Ocean. The true north is an orienting point used as my internal compass. It helps me to stay level in a rotating world. In this true north there is the magnetic north that moves my paint and brush freely in response to the earth’s magnetic field. It moves the worlds on the canvas from place to place not fixed. The north magnetic pole is a wandering point on the canvas surface and Earth.

The polar bear’s powers and strength represent endurance and patience. I need this as an artist. This bear knows well where he is in his life and how to surrender to that when needed. I am learning from him.
I am asking you the viewer to wander with me, in these images of northern latitudes and make your own stories.