God Created the Sea and Painted it Blue so We’d Feel Good on it
The title is derived from a Bernard Moitessier quote. Moitessier would have been the winner of the Sunday Times Golden Globe race, the first 'round-the-world solo sailing race. But as he rounded the final cape (he was in the lead) and headed North to the finish line, he had a change of heart and decided to continue sailing on in the opposite direction. His rationale? In a note tucked in a film canister lobbed onto a passing ship’s deck, he said, “...I am happy at sea, and perhaps because I want to save my soul.”
This project is an archive documenting a fictitious expedition inspired by
an era when explorers traveled with items such as dog teams and tins
of bear fat. Created as an artificial archive, this is a collection of ephemera typically found in natural history museums, archives and the closed stacks of libraries. In the project’s narrative, I explore the ever-shifting context of travel and narration/documentation.